Because a gas leak near an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico cannot be closed for hours and a fire spreads, terrifying images of the sea emerge.
Munich – The Gulf of Mexico is on fire: Due to a leak in an underwater pipeline, part of the water was under flames for a full five hours on Friday afternoon. The phenomenon evoked terrifying images: fiery gas balls that shot to the surface of the water, creating a fire eye. The images are reminiscent of those that can be seen during a volcanic eruption.
Only after five hours did the operator of the system assure that the gas leak had been closed and that the connecting valves were now tight.
140 meters from the “Ku-Charly” oil platform, part of the “Ku-Maloob-Zaap” complex of the state-owned energy company Pemex, consisting of three oil fields. 640,000 tons of oil are produced here every day. Recordings show three fire boats fighting the fire with nitrogen from a safe distance.
The accident resulted in minor human casualties: no one had to be brought to safety or was injured. How the leak came about is not yet known.
🚨 Incendio registrado en aguas del Golfo de México
A 400 metros de la plataforma Ku-Charly (dentro del Activo Integral de Producción Ku Maloob Zaap)
Una válvula de una línea submarina habría reventado y provocado el incendio
Esta fuera de control hace 8 horas pic.twitter.com/KceOTDU1kX
– Manuel Lopez San Martin (@MLopezSanMartin) July 2, 2021
Leak in the Gulf of Mexico – “Won’t leave an oil stain”
The incident will “leave no oil stain,” wrote Angel Carrizales, chief of Mexico’s oil security agency, ASEA, on Twitter. However, he also did not explain what exactly was burning on the surface of the water.
Pemex is heavily in debt, production has been falling for years. Former boss Emilio Lozoya was charged with corruption charges and extradited from Spain to Mexico. The environmental catastrophe “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, in which a BP-leased oil rig exploded and more than 1,000 kilometers of the American and Mexican coast was polluted, is also remembered. (cg)