Firefighting personnel extinguishing a fire at Al-Ahmadi refinery south of Kuwait City. AFP
Gulf Today Report
A fire in a gas liquefaction unit in Kuwait’s largest oil refinery killed two people and injured ten others, including five in serious condition, according to the Kuwait National Petroleum Company, which operates the refinery.
The company announced via Twitter, that a fire broke out “during maintenance operations for the gas liquefaction unit No. 32 at the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery.”
It also confirmed “the death of two workers of Asian nationality.”
The company stated that “10 injuries were recorded, and 7 of them were transferred to Al-Adan Hospital to complete treatment, 5 of them with severe burns.”
The authorities added that the firefighting teams “were able to fully control the fire.”
Experts confirmed, “The refinery’s operations and export operations were not affected by the fire,” noting that “the damaged unit is out of service.”
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Mohammed Al Fares went to the site to inspect the damage.
Mina Al Ahmadi Refinery, which began operating in 1949, covers an area of about 10.5 square kilometres. It is one of the three KNPC refineries, and the largest in terms of refining capacity.