'Eye of fire' — how the ocean started to burn

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Horrific images of the ocean itself on fire have been going viral worldwide. Here's how it happened:

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Globe turns, map zoom from global to regional to show location's position
2. Underwater pipe, gas bubbles rising to surface, bubbles catch fire, fire under surface
3. Zoom out to see large fire circle, platform, boats spraying water
4. Show area map view of pipelines from land to oil facility, pan over facility
5. Show clock timing the 5,5 hours of the fire raging, boats spraying, workers closing valves
6. Workers pumping nitrogen into pipe system on platform, diagram of facility's percentage of production


VOICEOVER (in English):
Reuters reports that an underwater gas leak caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico at the Ku Maloob Zaap oil facility of Mexico's state oil company, Pemex.

The incident started at 5:15 on the morning of Friday 2 July, when a gas leak from an underwater pipeline suddenly ignited.

This resulted in the water next to a Pemex platform transforming into a raging fire.

Bright orange flames jumped out of the ocean, making it look more like molten lava than water.

The spectacle was dubbed an "eye of fire" on social media, due to the blaze's circular shape, as it raged a short distance from the oil platform.

The gas leak was from an underwater pipeline that connects to the platform.

Pemex said no injuries were reported, and production from the facility was not affected.

The fire was completely extinguished by 10:30 a.m., after company workers shut the valves of the 12-inch-wide pipeline and used nitrogen to control the fire.

Ku Maloob Zaap is Pemex's biggest crude oil production facility, accounting for more than 40% of its nearly 1.7 million barrels of daily output.


SOURCES: Reuters, Bloomberg, Futurism.com
https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/fire-offshore-pemex-platform-gulf-mexico-under-control-2021-07-02/
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-02/pemex-battles-fire-near-offshore-oil-platform-complex
https://futurism.com/the-byte/pipeline-leaks-ocean-fire