Oman refinery blast and fire injures three
08 December 2014
According to Muscat Daily, a major fire broke out at the oil refinery in Mina al Fahal in Oman on December 4 forcing the evacuation of hundreds of employees from the premises. Three people suffered injuries and were taken to hospital although refinery operator Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries (Orpic) said in a statement that the injuries were not major and that the incident did not impact fuel supplies.
According to refinery staff who got a message from the company's emergency response team, an explosion which led to the fire was first reported in the gas treatment unit around 3pm.
Evacuation of staff from both the refinery and PDO created a huge traffic jam which reportedly hampered the entry of civil defence vehicles into the area, Muscat Daily said.
'There was heavy rush in the area when we were told to evacuate our office. Everybody had to leave office at the same time and because of that civil defence vehicles were not able to attend quickly to the crisis initially' said Sameer Masoud a PDO employee.
Orpic's statement said the incident was due to a fire at one of its naphtha treatment units.