A KNPC refinery. Image courtesy of KNPC.

A fire broke out Saturday at Kuwait National Petroleum’s (KNPC) Mina Al Ahmadi refinery.

The fire started in a wastewater treatment area and was extinguished by the refinery’s fire brigade, state-owned KNPC said.

Contract employees working near the fire were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for burns.

No deaths were reported.

KNPC did not comment on the extent of the damages.

Operations at the refinery and its associated gas plant and export terminal were not impacted by the fire.

The company is currently investigating the cause of the incident.

The refinery has a capacity of over 460,000 barrels per day and is about 28 miles south of Kuwait City.

KNPC operates three refineries that have a combined capacity of about 515,000 barrels per day.

In April, KNPC closed on a series of contracts for work related to the company’s Clean Fuels Project at its Mina Abdullah and Mina Al Ahmadi refineries.

The project is intended to double Kuwait’s total refining capacity to 1.4 million bpd, Oil & Gas Journal said.

KNPC did not say if the fire will impact work on the Clean Fuels Project.


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