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Two Killer Refinery Fires No Help as Pemex Seeks Partners

  • Latest shutdown at Salina Cruz came as blaze hits second day
  • Black rain said to pour down as smoke billowed in the air
Pemex refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.

Pemex refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.

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Fatal fires at two Pemex refineries over the past four months have come at a bad time.

Pemex’s bid to recruit partners to help run their facilities "was already a tough sell" because of the condition of the aging plants, said Tim Samples, a law professor and Mexican-energy analyst at the University of Georgia in Athens, by telephone. "It has to make it even harder when the refinery you are trying to find a partner for is burning in the background."