Death Toll Jumps to 32 in Pemex Oil Blast, Mexico
Following yesterday's explosion at the headquarters of Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex, officials have reported a death toll of at least 32 people, as workers continue rescuing others from the rubble. At least 120 people were left injured.
Pemex director Emilio Lozoya Austin said in a press conference this morning that the company “would spare no expense” in its pursuit to rescue as many victims as possible. Government spokesman Eduardo Sánchez says an estimated 30 people may still be trapped inside the complex. President Enrique Peña Nieto also announced that he would be personally overseeing the rescue mission, and has visited some of the victims in the hospital.
"We're going to get to the bottom of this, to carry out these investigations to, first, know what really happened, and if someone is responsible in this case, apply the full weight of the law," Peña Nieto told the El Universal newspaper.
No new information is available on what caused the explosion that occurred Thursday afternoon, forcing 3,500 employees to evacuate the building. A variety of sources are speculating that it may have been caused by electrical problems, an overheated air conditioning unit or a buildup of natural gas.
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Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.