EM – Two people are killed and five critically injured in a fire at a refinery in Kuwait


This is the second fire at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in just three months.

Published: Jan 14, 2022 7:02 PM |

Last updated: January 14, 2022 7:02 p.m

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The Mina al-Ahmadi Oil Refinery is visible in this satellite imagery from Planet Labs PBC on Wednesday, January 12, 2021. (Photo | AP)

DUBAI: A fire broke out during maintenance work at a major oil refinery in Kuwait on Friday, killing two workers and seriously injuring five others, the Kuwait National Petroleum Company said.

This is the second fire at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in just three months.

In October, the state oil company reported that a fire had broken out at the plant, leaving some workers inhaling smoke and treating others for minor burns The company had originally said that 10 workers were injured in the fire, five of whom were being treated at a nearby hospital for severe burns and two others for moderate burns.

The company later said that the five were taken to another hospital in critical condition with severe burns.

According to the company, the fire was in a Gasve The liquefaction unit erupted and was out of order for maintenance.

It said the fire had been extinguished and the refinery’s operations were unaffected as the damaged unit was already out of service.

Kuwait’s Oil Minister Mohammed al-Fares and other top officials from the state-owned company visited the refinery after the fire.

They were seen beating members of the fire brigade with their fists and standing in front of the scene of the explosion to take photos shared by the Kuwait National Petroleum Twitter account Company.

The refinery was built to process 25,000 barrels of oil per day to supply Kuwait’s domestic market primarily with gasoline and diesel.

The facility has recently been expanded to reduce its emissions and the Increase capacity to 346,000 barrels per day.

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