Drone Gas Pipeline Rupture Burst Gulf of Mexico
A gas leak from an underwater pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico created an “Eye of Fire” of sorts, and the ensuing helicopter footage went viral online this past week. The flames raged a short distance from a Pemex oil platform and it took teams more over 5-hours to fully extinguish the blaze, which started in an underwater pipeline that connects to a platform at Pemex’s flagship Ku Maloob Zaap oil development. Read more for the video and additional information.

Fortunately, zero injuries were reported, and production from the platform was not affected after the gas leak ignited around 5:15 a.m. local time, as it was completely extinguished by 10:30 a.m. after shutting the valves of the 12-inch diameter pipeline. No spill was generated, as the flames were only burning on the water’s surface.

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The turbomachinery of Ku Maloob Zaap’s active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rains,” according to the Pemex incident report.

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