Ecatepec, Mex.-Early today there was a natural gas leak in the industrial zone of Xalostoc, For this reason, it was closed to vehicular traffic via Morelos and workers from local companies were evicted.
Victoria Arriaga Ramírez, director of Civil Protection and Firefighters of Ecatepec, reported that the fuel dispersion occurred in a 6-inch pipeline of the Engie Gas company that passes through the corner of Via Morelos and Ernesto Pugibet Street, in the Xalostoc industrial park, so firefighters came to the site and coordinated with emergency workers from the Engie Gas company, in charge of the pipeline, to close the valves and stop supplying gas to the pipeline.
The authorities deployed a security device in the area to avoid a situation of greater risk for neighbors and workers in the area.
At the moment the situation is under control, affirmed the head of Civil Protection.
The Via Morelos was closed to vehicular traffic for a kilometer around and the area where the leak occurred is cordoned off to avoid risks to the population, without registering people injured by the events so far.
At 03:47 hours today Civil Protection and Firefighters of Ecatepec received the report of the leak, so they moved to the place and coordinated with the company Engie Gas, which provides the natural gas supply service, to close the valves and stop supplying fuel to the affected 6-inch diameter carbon steel pipe.
The fuga is located next to a food company in the industrial zone of Xalostoc, near the San Miguel Xalostoc and San José Xalostoc colonies, which alerted the inhabitants of those communities, although at the moment there is no risk for the surrounding areas.
Engie Gas staff specified that it will take 3-4 hours to depressurize the pipeline, so the gas will continue to flow out, but the situation is under control and there is no risk of an explosion, as natural gas tends to rise and does not accumulate on the surface.
“Civil Protection firefighters remain on site and carry out work to mitigate the fuel leak, situation that until now is under control ”, Victoria Arriaga said.
The Engie Gas company supplies natural gas to municipalities in the State of Mexico and has a security area that attends to these types of emergencies, in coordination with municipal and state authorities.
Engie personnel notified the events to managers of neighboring companies that use natural gas and asked not to carry out any ignition to avoid risks, in addition to monitoring the area with explosimeters; Likewise, elements of Civil Protection and Firefighters of Ecatepec visit neighboring communities to inform the population that the situation is under control.
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