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World: Kuwait: serious murderous fire in a gas liquefaction plant

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Une photo fournie par la Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) : les pompiers en train d'éteindre un incendie à la raffinerie d'al-Ahmadi au sud de Koweït City ce vendredi 14 janvier 2022. © AFP - - A photo provided by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC): Firefighters extinguishing a fire at the refinery of Al-Ahmadi To the south of Kuwait City this Friday, January 14, 2022.

in Kuwait, a fire in a gas liquefaction has made, on Friday, January 14, ten wounded, including seven hospitalized - five in a critical state. The public company that manages the site - the main refinery of this rich oil emirate of the Gulf - also announced the death of two "Asian" workers.

with our regional correspondent, Nicolas Keraudren

This is the second fire in the space of a few months in the refinery of Mina al-Ahmadi in Kuwait.

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Last October, another fire had already made several wounded in this refinery without any deaths were reported.

This time, the balance sheet is heavier. On his Twitter account, the national petroleum company expressed its "great emotion" after the discovery of two lifeless bodies on the site.

In parallel, the company also clarified that "refining and export operations have not been affected." The affected unit - number 32 - was already out of order considering the ongoing maintenance operation.

The oil minister went on site. A firefighters team was dispatched and the fire was "totally mastered" in the middle of the day, says the company.

with a production of 466,000 barrels of oil a day, Mina Al-Ahmadi is the largest of the three public company's refineries. She started her operations in 1949. A fourth refinery with a capacity of 615,000 barrels a day is under construction in Kuwait.

The refinery terminal is also one of the main export points of Kuwaiti oil. The site is located on the Gulf, facing Iran, about 40 km south of the capital. The refinery is 10.5 square kilometers.

in Kuwait, 2.4 million barrels are produced per day. The country is an influential member of OPEC. Kuwaiti Haitham Al-Ghais has just been appointed Secretary General of the Cartel of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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