A symbol of Mexican state oil organization Pemex is pictured for the duration of a visit by Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, at Cadereyta refinery, in Cadereyta, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Picture

MEXICO City, July 2 (Reuters) – A fire on the ocean surface west of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula early on Friday has been extinguished, state oil corporation Pemex explained, blaming a fuel leak from an underwater pipeline for sparking the blaze captured in movies that went viral.

Vivid orange flames jumping out of h2o resembling molten lava was dubbed an “eye of fireplace” on social media due to the blaze’s circular shape, as it raged a small length from a Pemex oil platform.

The fire took a lot more than five hours to totally place out, according to Pemex.

The fireplace began in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform at Pemex’s flagship Ku Maloob Zaap oil enhancement, the company’s most essential, four resources instructed Reuters earlier.

Ku Maloob Zaap is located just up from the southern rim of the Gulf of Mexico.

Pemex mentioned no injuries were claimed, and generation from the challenge was not impacted just after the gas leak ignited all around 5:15 a.m. community time. It was fully extinguished by 10:30 a.m.

The company included it would investigate the result in of the fireplace.

Pemex, which has a prolonged record of major industrial accidents at its amenities, extra it also shut the valves of the 12-inch-diameter pipeline.

Angel Carrizales, head of Mexico’s oil security regulator ASEA, wrote on Twitter that the incident “did not crank out any spill.” He did not clarify what was burning on the water’s floor.

Ku Maloob Zaap is Pemex’s biggest crude oil producer, accounting for far more than 40% of its approximately 1.7 million barrels of day by day output.

“The turbomachinery of Ku Maloob Zaap’s energetic production facilities had been influenced by an electrical storm and heavy rains,” according to a Pemex incident report shared by one particular of Reuters’ sources.

Firm employees employed nitrogen to command the fireplace, the report extra.

Aspects from the incident report were not pointed out in Pemex’s transient press assertion and the business did not quickly reply to a ask for for comment.

Reporting by Adriana Barrera and Marianna Parraga Further reporting by David Alire Garcia Crafting by Anthony Esposito Editing by Daina Beth Solomon, Philippa Fletcher and David Gregorio

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