Mexican oil giant to spend $24 mn to repair pipeline

December 21st, 2011 - 11:25 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) State-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said it planned to spend 329.8 million pesos (about $24 million) to repair a pipeline damaged in an explosion last year that killed 30 people in Puebla state.

The funds cover infrastructure work, environmental clean-up, compensation and support in San Martin Texmelucan, a city in central Mexico, Pemex said.

The Pemex pipeline exploded Dec 19, 2010, after it was tapped illegally.

More than 50 other people were injured in the explosion, which completely destroyed 32 houses and damaged 83 others.

Investigators suspect that thieves triggered the blast as they illegally extracted fuel from the conduit at pumping station No. 7 in San Martin Texmelucan.

Some 103.4 million pesos ($7.4 million) will be provided as compensation to the families of victims and those who were injured in the blast.

A total of 206.3 million pesos ($14.8 million) will be used to clean up the Atoyac river and nearby canals, as well as for “reforestation and cleaning of soil and land”, and repair of highways, Pemex said.

The city of San Martin Texmelucan received 20 million pesos ($1.4 million) for expansion of a bridge and construction of three pedestrian crossings, Pemex said.

“Security measures have been bolstered in coordination with the state and municipal governments” in the wake of the incident, with drills being held and a public education campaign launched, the state-owned oil company said.

Of the 712 illegal taps detected on Pemex pipelines in 2010, more than 100 were reported on the pipeline that runs through Puebla.

–IANS/EFE
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