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The Mexico pipeline explosion on Friday has so far claimed 85 lives, according to a Minister. In a news briefing, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo told the reporters that state-owned Pemex considered the leak “minimal”, and did not shut the gasoline pipe despite an early warning from the military. Officials said that dozens of bodies were so badly charred that they will have to resort to DNA testing for identification.
Pemex-owned, Mexico’s largest refinery in Salina Cruz resumed operation, post a shutdown due to a power outage on Wednesday. The Salina Cruz refinery processes 330,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd). Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex has increased processing at the refinery to somewhat more than 200 Mbpd of crude.
McDermott International has bagged a subsea pipeline flowline installation contract from PEMEX Exploration & Production. The contract is on a lump sum basis. McDermott will perform the design and detailed engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for two subsea pipelines in support of Ayatsil field, offshore Mexico. Installation of the pipelines is slated for completion in the first phase 2019.