Kuwait's biggest refinery restarts after brief shutdown

Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery expected to return to full capacity within 24 hours after being forced to close
Kuwait's biggest refinery restarts after brief shutdown
Kuwaits Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery restarted after a brief shutdown on Wednesday.
By Reuters
Wed 26 Sep 2012 04:54 PM

Kuwait's Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery restarted after a brief shutdown on Wednesday and was expected to return to full capacity within 24 hours, a spokesman for operator Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said.

The OPEC member's biggest refinery was forced to close after supplies of sea water pumped to it by pipeline stopped, but flows resumed about an hour later and the refinery was restarted, he said on Wednesday afternoon.

"We normally get our water from a government authority. There was a problem with supply at the source, possibly a broken pump or another problem with their system," the spokesman for the state-owned refiner said.

The 466,000 barrels per day refinery makes up nearly half of Kuwait's total refining capacity of 930,000 bpd in three refineries.

The refinery is 45 km to the south of Kuwait City and produces gasoline and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), among other products.

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