A fire broke out at a major oil refinery in Kuwait on Friday, killing two workers and critically injuring five others, according to the Kuwait National Petroleum Company.
The fire at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil plant is the second in less than three months. The state-owned oil corporation reported a fire at the facility in October, with some employees suffering from smoke inhalation and others receiving treatment for minor burns.
Two Asian contract employees died in the latest fire, according to the company. Their bodies were found on the scene.
Initially, the firm stated that ten personnel were injured in the incident, with five receiving treatment for serious burns and two receiving treatment for moderate burns at a nearby hospital. Others were treated in a clinic on-site. The five people with severe burns were eventually moved to another hospital in critical condition, according to the business.
The fire started at a gas liquefaction plant that had been out of service for repair, according to the business. The fire was put out, and the refinery’s operations were unaffected because the unit that was destroyed was already out of commission.
Following the incident, Kuwait’s Oil Minister Mohammed al-Fares and other top officials from the state-owned firm paid a visit to the refinery. Members of the public were seen fist-bumping them.
The refinery was designed to process 25,000 barrels of oil per day, principally gasoline and diesel, for Kuwait’s internal market.
The facility was recently expanded to reduce emissions and increase capacity to 346,000 barrels per day.
Kuwait has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves, with a population of 4.1 million people.