19 Oct Fire in Kuwait oil refinery
According to The National Petroleum Company (KNPC) a fire broke out yesterday in the ARDS Residual Oil Desulfurization Unit at the Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery.
Writing on Twitter on Monday, the company said: “a fire broke out a short while ago in the ARDS desulfurization unit at the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery, and the firefighting teams in the refinery are currently dealing with the fire, knowing that there were no injuries as a result of the accident.”
The account continued: “ARD Unit no. 42 and all the lines leading to it have been isolated, and the refinery’s fire brigade is dealing with the accident. The refinery’s operations and export operations were not affected, and the local marketing and supply operations of the Ministry of Electricity and Water were not affected by the fire.”
Every day, the refinery processes 25,000 barrels of oil in order to supply Kuwait’s domestic market. The refinery processing unit’s job is to remove sulphur from petroleum products.
The blaze broke out on Monday morning and there have been no injuries reported. Over on social media, residents in the coastal area of Fahaheel reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing thick black smoke coat the area.