Oil refinery explosion kills four in Kuwait

Oil refinery explosion kills four in Kuwait
# 02 October 2011 03:04 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Four workers were killed and two others injured Saturday in a gas unit blast at an oil refinery in Kuwait, the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) said, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The explosion at the Ahmadi refinery was caused by a gas leak during a routine maintenance work, the KNPC said in a statement, but it did not disclose the exact time of the blast.

Eyewitness told Xinhua fire engines and ambulances rushed to the scene after the accident took place at around 5 p.m. local time (2000 GMT).

The KNPC said the two injured were treated at a hospital and the accident would not affect operations of the KNPC, which is the refining arm of state-owned Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.

The Ahmadi refinery, located in the southern coast of the Gulf Arab emirate, has a refining capacity of around 460,000 barrels per day.
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