MEXICO CITY—Two gas explosions struck an oil refinery belonging to Mexican state oil company Pemex on Thursday, the governor of northern Nuevo Leon state said, but a Pemex source said the incident did affect the plant’s operations.
Governor Jaime Rodriguez said in a post on Twitter that the explosions were due to an accumulation of gas, adding that five people suffered light injuries and that the individuals were being transported to a local hospital for medical care.
It was not clear how much damage was sustained by the Caderyta refinery.
A Pemex source told Reuters that the facility with a crude processing capacity of 275,000 barrels per day remained online. The source cast doubt on Rodriguez’s post, saying the accident occurred in a drain and was caused by an unspecified fluid reaction.
Pemex’s press office did not respond to a request for comment.
By Sharay Angulo and Ana Isabel Martinez