A fire on the surface of the ocean has broken out after a gas leak from a pipeline in the sea started a blaze.
Video footage of the huge fire appearing to boil the surface of the Gulf of Mexico with bright orange flames, went viral on 2 July before the blaze was extinguished.
Pemex, Mexico's state-owned petrol company, has since confirmed that "no injuries or evacuations are reported".
The concerning gas leak, in the submarine pipeline near Ku-Maloob-Zaap’s Ku-C satellite platform in the Campeche Sound, was reported by the company at 5:15am on Friday (July 2).
Ku Maloob Zaap is Pemex’s biggest crude oil producer and accounts for more than 40% of its daily output of nearly 1.7 million barrels.
After the accident, the state oil company then started to “close the interconnection valves in the pipeline, extinguishing the fire and the gas emanation” to control the leak by 10:45am – more than five hours later.
Gustavo Ampugnani, from Greenpeace Mexico, said in a statement: "These are the risks we face on a daily basis and which call for a change in the energy model, as we have demanded.”
The head of Mexico’s oil safety regulator ASEA, Angel Carrizales, took to Twitter and wrote that the incident “did not generate any spill” but did not explain what was being burned on the surface of the ocean.
According to an incident report by Pemex, “the turbomachinery of Ku Maloob Zaap’s active production facilities were affected by an electrical storm and heavy rains".
The report also added that workers used nitrogen to bring the fire under control.
This isn't the first time a major incident of this nature has taken place in recent years.
In 2015, four workers were tragically killed and 16 injured after an explosion on Pemex's Abkatun A-Permanente platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
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