Kuwait's Mina Abdulla oil refinery shut as fire burns

Exports and shipping operations will not stop as there are enough products in storage.
Kuwait's Mina Abdulla oil refinery shut as fire burns
SHUT DOWN: Kuwaits Mina Abdullah refinery will be shut for a few days after a fire there injured two workers. (Getty Images)
By Bloomberg
Tue 01 Jun 2010 07:55 PM

Kuwait’s Mina Abdulla oil refinery shut today after a fire that has yet to be extinguished, an official from Kuwait National Petroleum Co said. The fire that injured two workers occurred in a pipeline connected to a hydrogen unit that was being prepared for maintenance, according to the spokesman, who declined to be named in line with company policy.

The refinery might restart late tonight or early tomorrow and there is currently no effect on exports, he said.

The blaze is under control and the area around the burning unit is being cooled, the spokesman said. Three firefighters also had to be evacuated from the area, he said.

The plant, on the southeast coast of Kuwait, has the capacity to refine 270,000 barrels a day of oil and is the second largest of three refineries in the country, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Kuwait’s top oil policy body said today that it may decide by the end of September whether to build a fourth oil refinery at Al Zour to meet domestic fuel demand and for export after political opposition quashed the project last year.

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