• Refinery was closed on 17 August
  • Shuaiba refinery has a capacity of 200,000 barrels a day
  • The cause of the fire is not known

Kuwait’s Shuaiba refinery was closed on 17 August after a fire, according to the state-controlled news agency KUNA.

All the refinery’s employees were evacuated unharmed, according to Ahmed al-Jimaz, a Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) official.

The cause of the fire is not known and a date has not been set for the refinery to resume operations.

Kuwait’s Shuaiba refinery has a capacity of 200,000 barrels a day and is the country’s third-largest refining facility.

The fire that broke out on 17 August is the latest in a series of refinery fires in Kuwait.

On 14 April, a fire broke out at a delayed coker unit of the Mina Abdulla refinery.

In the six months prior to that fire, there were at least three other refinery fires.

In January, a fire broke out at Kuwait’s Shuaiba refinery.

On 31 August in 2014, a fire broke out in the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery’s sulphur storage area and, also in August, several workers were hospitalised in a fire at the same refinery’s waste treatment facility.

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