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Kuwait's Shuaiba oil refinery resumes operation – KNPC

Fire at the heavy oil cracking unit at the 200,000 barrel-per-day refinery broke out last Monday

Kuwait's Shuaiba oil refinery resumes operation – KNPC
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The Shuaiba oil refinery in Kuwait resumed operation on Saturday, the head of state refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said on his Twitter account, after a fire at a heavy oil unit forced a total shutdown last week.

"The Shuaiba refinery has been restarted at a capacity of 120,000 barrels per day and all the units are operating expect those affected," Mohammad al-Mutairi, chief executive of KNPC, said in a tweet.

The refinery produced 140,000 barrels on Sunday, KNPC spokesperson Khalid al-Asousi later told state news agency Kuna.

The fire at the heavy oil cracking unit at Kuwait's 200,000 barrel-per-day Shuaiba refinery broke out last Monday. There were no casualties reported.

OPEC member Kuwait has three refineries, including Shuaiba, with a combined capacity of 930,000 bpd. 

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