A huge explosion occurred at the PDSVA gas plant pipeline in the Venezuelan state of Monagas' city of El Tejero, local media reported Saturday.
According to the videos shared online, the detonation occurred during the day, throwing a pillar of fire high into the sky.
Una vez más el Oeste de #Monagas se vio afectado por las llamas del abandono.— Piero Maroun (@PieroMaroun) March 21, 2021
La explosión de hoy de Gasoducto de una instalación petrolera en #ElTejero, deja claro en que convirtieron la primera fuente de desarrollo de Venezuela, HUMO Y DESTRUCCIÓN. pic.twitter.com/ZW59nvd0ln
Uno de los videos que circulan de la explosión en El Tejero, estado Monagas, que ha sido denunciada por el gobierno venezolano como un ataque terrorista contra las instalaciones de Pdvsa.pic.twitter.com/yCs3XgAiaL— Luigino Bracci Roa (@lubrio) March 21, 2021
According to local media, residents living in the neighboring sectors of the gas pipeline had to be evacuated by the authorities.
Venezuelan Minister of Industries and National Production and Minister of Petroleum Tareck El Aissami denounced the incident as plotted by terrorists, stating that the government condemned the alleged attack before the nation, and international public opinion.
El Aissami added that at the moment there were no reports of any victims of the explosion, and the authorities have deployed all the necessary forces to the area to mitigate the impact.
The minister suggested that the incident is part of a series of "criminal attacks" with the purported intent to disrupt the work of the nation's company PDVSA.
The plant that was allegedly attacked is a part of the production compressing gas and injecting it at high pressure into wells in the El Tejero, La Leona, and La Urica regions.
Maduro has repeatedly accused the US of organizing attacks on communications, energy, and oil and gas facilities in Venezuela. According to the president, western sanctions introduced against Venezuela and targeting the country's state-run oil and gas company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and its subsidiaries are an attempt to seize its foreign assets and prevent the firm from completing transactions.