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One dead, seven injured in Albanian refinery blast

14 November 2016

A large explosion and fire killed a worker and injured seven others at the ARMO refinery in Ballsh, southern Albania, on November 10. Police said a malfunctioning hydrogen valve caused the explosion, with pressure at the valve three times normal levels. The defect had been reported earlier but had not been repaired, local media sources claimed.

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The seven injured workers are being treated for severe burns, and the condition of two was described as life-threatening. Damage was estimated to be around $1 million, according to local news reports. Prosecutors were investigating "a failure to observe technical rules".

The Ballsh plant was reopened in September 2016 after a period of bankruptcy and closure. The refinery, with a capacity of one million tons per year, is now managed by an offshore company registered in the Virgin Islands.

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