Explosion at Petroperu Crude Oil Tank Kills 2 Workers

Reuters, December 7, 2017

An explosion at a Petroperu crude oil tank killed two men who had been performing maintenance work on Wednesday, the state-owned oil company said. Petroperu was investigating the cause of the blast at the 300-cubic-metre tank (10,594 cubic feet) near its oil pipeline in the region of Cajamarca, the company said in a statement. Beatriz Alva, a Petroperu spokeswoman, said the explosion had not disrupted normal operations. The men killed were contract workers, Petroperu said. A third man suffered first- and second-degree burns. The explosion followed repeated oil spills from Petroperu’s pipeline that the company has blamed on attacks by unidentified vandals.

(Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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