News just broke of a huge explosion at a petrochemical facility in Mexico
earlier today, a tragic accident which claimed the lives of at least three
workers. A total of 136 workers were reported injured, with 88 hospitalized
as of the end of the day.
The explosion occurred at the Petroquimica Mexicana de Vinilo (PMV), a
large petrochemical plant in operated jointly by Mexichem, a pipe manufacturer,
and Pemex, the national oil company in Mexico. The PMV plant is located
in the state of Veracruz, near the Gulf coast.
The incident is only the latest in a series of serious accidents at Pemex
facilities in the past few years, including a 2012 fire which killed 26
people at a facility in the northern part of the country, an explosion
in 2013 in Mexico City which claimed 37 lives, and a 2015 fire on an oil
platform which cost roughly $780 million in damage.