Fire breaks out at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

03 September 2008

A fire broke out at Kuwait’s largest oil refinery on 3 September, after an operations accident caused a pipeline leak to ignite.

According to state refinery operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), the fire at Mina al-Ahmadi was contained relatively quickly and operations at the 460,000-barrel-a-day facility were unaffected.

The fire is understood to have started after a crane dislodged a small oil pipe which in turn sprang a leak and caught fire.

The incident was the second fire in a Kuwaiti refinery in a month. In early August a fire at the smaller Shuaiba refinery killed a worker, although operations were unaffected.

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