Fire Broke in Kuwait Oil Refinery tweet by KNPC Kuwait, Ahmadi Explosion, iiQ8

Kuwait City, 18th October 2021: Ahmadi Explosion updates in Kuwait – Fire Broke in Kuwait Oil Refinery tweet by KNPC Kuwait, iiQ8
البترول الوطنية | KNPC
@KNPCofficial


وقع قبل قليل حريق في وحدة إزالة الكبريت من النفط المتبقي ARDS في مصفاة ميناء الأحمدي، وتقوم فرق الإطفاء في المصفاة حاليا بالتعامل مع الحريق، علما أنه لم تقع أي إصابات جراء الحادث. وسنوافيكم بمزيد من التفاصيل قريبا.
Translated from Arabic by Google :
A short while ago, a fire broke out in the residual oil desulfurization unit (ARDS) at Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery. The firefighting teams in the refinery are currently dealing with the fire, knowing that no injuries occurred as a result of the accident. We will bring you more details soon.

البترول الوطنية | KNPC
@KNPCofficial
تم عزل وحدة ARD رقم ٤٢ وجميع الخطوط المؤدية لها وما تزال فرق الإطفاء بالمصفاة تتعامل مع الحادث. لم تتأثر عمليات المصفاة وعمليات التصدير، كما لم تتأثر عمليات التسويق المحلي وعمليات تزويد وزارة الكهرباء والماء جراء الحريق.
Translated from Arabic by Google :
ARD Unit No. 42 and all lines leading to it have been isolated and the refinery’s fire brigade is still dealing with the accident. The refinery and export operations were not affected, and the local marketing and supply operations of the Ministry of Electricity and Water were not affected by the fire. 

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Explosion, fire at Kuwait’s Mina al-Ahmadi Refinery result in minor injuries
A fire broke out Monday morning in the Mina al-Ahmadi Refinery in Kuwait, resulting in minor injuries and smoke inhalation cases among workers, the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) confirmed on Twitter.
The incident occured at the atmospheric residue desulphurization (ARDS) unit of the refinery an explosion was heard in the area, according to local reports and social media posts.
KNPC first reported there were no casualties but later said in a tweet that there were “a number of minor injuries and cases of suffocation as a result of inhalation of fumes occurred among the contractor’s workers.”
Medics provided first aid to those injured on the site while others were transferred to al-Adan Hospital, KNPC said, adding that their condition is stable.
It also confirmed the ARD Unit No. 42 and all lines leading to it were isolated and the refinery’s fire units were attending to the incident.
“The refinery and export operations were not affected, and the local marketing and supply operations of the Ministry of Electricity and Water were not affected by the fire,” KNPC said in a Twitter thread.
The ARDS unit in a refinery is where sulfur is removed from fuel oil.
A KNPC official later said the situation will return to normal in hours, according to Reuters.
Several social media users reported hearing an explosion in the area followed by smoke and flames rising from the location of the refinery. Initial reports included the nearby Shuaiba refinery but KNPC later confirmed the location of the incident.
Last month, KNPC said it started full operation of a project to expand refining capacity and produce fuel that generates lower emissions, including expanding capacity of the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery to 346,000 barrels per day, according to Reuters.


Kuwait’s KNPC says output, exports not affected by fire at Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

DUBAI, Oct 18 (Reuters) – A fire broke out on Monday in the sulphur removal unit of the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in Kuwait but operations and exports have not been affected, the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) said, reporting no casualties.

The state refiner said it had isolated the atmospheric residue desulphurisation (ARDS) unit where the fire broke out and that firefighting efforts were continuing.

“The refinery operations and export operations were not affected and there has been no impact to local marketing operations and supplies to the electricity and water ministry,” KNPC said on its Twitter account.

Last month, KNPC said it started full operation of a project to expand refining capacity and produce fuel that generates lower emissions, including expanding capacity of the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery to 346,000 barrels per day.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli and Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Kim Coghill.


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Fire erupts at Kuwait oil refinery, minor injuries reported
Blaze at Mina Al Ahmadi oil refinery did not affect electrical supply or oil exports
A fire erupted on Monday at a major oil refinery in Kuwait, the state-owned oil company said, reporting that some workers suffered from smoke inhalation and other light injuries.
The blaze at the key Mina Al Ahmadi oil refinery along Kuwait’s Arabian Gulf coastline north of its border with Saudi Arabia did not affect the electrical supply or oil exports, according to Kuwait’s National Petroleum Company. Several oil contractors were receiving treatment for their burns at a nearby hospital, the company added.
The refinery was built to handle 25,000 barrels of oil a day to supply Kuwait’s domestic market primarily with gasoline and diesel and recently underwent an expansion to reduce its emissions and boost capacity to 346,000 barrels a day.
Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze in the refinery’s treatment unit, which removes sulfur from the oil products. Residents in Kuwait’s coastal Fahaheel district reported hearing a large explosion and shared footage on social media of thick, black smoke billowing over the highway.
Kuwait, a nation home to 4.1 million people, is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey. The nation has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.

October 18, 2021 9:06 AM

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