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Fire at Kuwait petroleum site under control

January 21, 2022

KUWAIT CITY — A fire broke out early Friday at a site belonging to the Kuwait National Petroleum Company, forcing a suspension of export operations there, the company said.

The fire in the Shuaiba Industrial Area in eastern Kuwait did not result in any injuries and it was dealt with by KNPC firefighting team, Ahed Al-Khorayef, the company’s executive vice president and official spokesman, told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

He said the fire led to the temporary suspension of operations until the safety of the site was ensured.

The fire occurred at a petroleum coke flowline. The coal-like substance is a byproduct of refined crude oil that is used in the steel and aluminum industry.

Only a week ago, a deadly fire erupted during maintenance work at a major oil refinery run by the same company, killing two Asian workers. Another 10 were wounded, five of them critically.

An earlier fire erupted at that same oil refinery three months prior, resulting in several injuries. — Agencies


January 21, 2022
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