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Pemex begins to restore production at fire-damaged platform

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s state-run oil company continues to search for three missing workers from a platform fireball that killed four others, while beginning to restore production at the damaged Gulf of Mexico facility, officials said Sunday. Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, will start processing 170,000 barrels of crude by Monday and expects to restore 80 percent of the pre-fire production ...

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Three still missing as investigators search for cause of disaster on Pemex rig

While Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) works to recover from an explosion which left its Abkatun A-Permanente platform in the Campeche Sound heavily damaged, four workers dead and as many as 45 others injured, the search continues for three employees. When disaster erupted on the shallow-water platform at 3:40 a.m. on April 1, Pemex quickly evacuated of more than 300 workers on ...

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Death toll rises to 18 in gas tanker explosion

MEXICO CITY — The death toll in a gasoline truck explosion in southern Mexico has risen to 18 with the death of a 38-year-old woman. The explosion occurred in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco on March 26 when villagers tried to take gasoline from a tanker truck that had crashed. The Tabasco state prosecutor’s office said Monday through its ...

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Louisiana oil port, made for import, rents domestic storage

 BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s offshore oil port, with huge underground storage caverns, was built to handle imported oil but is now leasing space to traders who need to store U.S. crude. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port recently auctioned 11.3 million barrels of monthly storage space and has scheduled another auction Tuesday, The Advocate reported. “For us, it’s an innovative ...

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New Mexico oil and gas group starts media campaign (video)

FARMINGTON – Starting next month, an organization that represents the state oil and gas industry plans to emphasize the benefits of the industry in a multimedia campaign. On May 1, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, which is funded primarily by the industry it represents, will roll out a 30-second commercial as part of its “Funding Education, Fueling Our ...

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American Midstream gas pipeline in Miss., La. to be replaced

VIDALIA, La. — Residents of eastern Louisiana and southwest Mississippi will hear April 13 about plans to upgrade a major natural gas pipeline. American Midstream Partners announced last October that it will build a new natural gas pipeline that will preserve service to thousands of customers from Winnsboro, Louisiana, to Natchez, Mississippi. The company says areas not served by the ...

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2 manufacturers announce layoffs at Lafayette plants

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Two manufacturing companies have announced layoffs at their respective facilities in Lafayette. WLFI-TV reported Thursday that both Caterpillar, Inc. and Oerlikon Fairfield are reducing their staff. Caterpillar, Inc. confirmed its plans to lay off 50 full-time production employees and about 200 agency workers at its Lafayette plant by June. Employees were notified of the layoffs Wednesday. The construction ...

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