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Fire erupts at Kuwait oil refinery, several workers injured, output unaffected

| Updated: October 19, 2021 20:41:52


Fire erupts at Kuwait oil refinery, several workers injured, output unaffected

A fire at Kuwait's Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery on Monday injured several workers but operations were unaffected, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said.

The atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit where the fire broke out was isolated and the fire was fully brought under control, reports Reuters citing the Kuwaiti refiner.

A number of workers employed by a contractor suffered minor injuries and smoke inhalation, KNPC said. Some were treated on site while others were taken to hospital and are in stable condition, it said.

"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.

Last month, KNPC said it started full operation of a project to expand refining capacity and produce fuel that generates lower emissions, including expanding capacity at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery to 346,000 barrels per day.

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