DUBAI, United Arab Emirates ( Associated Press) – 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. At least in three months. In October, the state-owned oil company reported that a fire had broken out at the facility, with some workers suffering from breathing in the fumes and others being treated for mild burns.
In this latest fire, the company said, two Asian contract workers died. Their bodies were found on the spot.
Initially the company said that 10 workers were injured in the fire, five of whom were treated at a nearby hospital for serious burns and two others for moderate burns. Others received treatment at the on-site clinic. The company later said that all five who sustained severe burns were shifted to another hospital in critical condition.
The company said the fire started in a gas liquefaction unit that had been taken out of service for maintenance work. It said the fire was doused and operations at the refinery were not affected as the damaged unit was already out of service.
Kuwait’s Oil Minister Mohamed Al-Fares and other top government corporation officials visited the refinery after the fire. He was seen banging fire brigade members and standing in front of the blast site for photos shared by the Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s Twitter account.
The refinery was built to handle 25,000 barrels of oil a day to supply mainly gasoline and diesel to Kuwait’s domestic market. The facility has recently expanded to reduce its emissions and increase capacity to 346,000 barrels per day.
Kuwait, home to 4.1 million people, has the sixth largest known oil reserves in the world.