Fire at Kuwait oil refinery

Fire at Kuwait oil refinery


Published: 21:19 18 October 2021  

Fire at Kuwait oil refinery

Fire at Kuwait oil refinery

A fire that erupted at Kuwait’s largest oil refinery has now been contained with the state-owned oil company reporting a number of injuries, including smoke inhalation.

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said that Monday’s blaze at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery along Kuwait’s Persian Gulf coastline north of its border with Saudi Arabia did not affect its electrical supply or oil exports.

The atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit where the fire broke out was isolated and the fire was brought under control, the state refiner said.

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

“The refinery operations and export operations were not affected and there has been no impact to local marketing operations and supplies to the electricity and water ministry,” KNPC said on its Twitter account.

Residents in Kuwait’s coastal Fahaheel district reported hearing a large explosion and shared footage on social media of thick, black smoke billowing over the highway.

Kuwait, a nation home to 4.1 million people, has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.