Fire outbreak at Kuwait oil refinery leaves workers injured


Kuwait’s largest oil refinery caught fire on Monday causing several injuries but no interruptions to site operations.

According to the state-owned oil business company. Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), the fire had no impact on the electrical supply or oil exports.

H0wever, the KNPC, after initially stating that there were no casualties, later tweeted that there were a number of injuries and cases of smoke inhalation among workers.

It said that those injured had received first aid at the site, or been transported to a hospital and were in a “stable condition”.

Approximately two hours after the company reported firefighters were at the scene, it tweeted that the blaze was under “full control”.

The Mina al-Ahmadi refinery, on a 10.5 square kilometre site, began operating in 1949.

It is the largest of three refineries of the state petrol company, producing about 466,000 barrels of petrol per day.

A fourth refinery with a production capacity of 615,000 barrels per day is under construction and set to begin operation by the end of the year.

The oil-rich Gulf emirate produces about 2.4 million barrels of petrol per day, most of which is exported.

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