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Kuwait explosion missed refinery

24 July 2008

Kuwait's national oil company said an explosion in an industrial area in the Mina Abdullah port on the 5th June 2008, did not hit the company's refinery, which produces about 270,000 barrels per day, or any of its installations, according to the national news agency KUNA.

The explosion may have hit one of the plants in the industrial area near the refinery, Mohamed al-Ajami, the company's spokesman said.

The fire department said the blaze was apparently caused by chemicals exploding at the plant in Mina Abdullah near Kuwait's second largest oil refinery, according to state-run Kuwait TV.
The plant is run by the privately owned United Petroleum Projects Company, a Kuwaiti company that deals with oil products.

Kuwait is OPEC's fourth largest oil producer, pumping around 2.5 million barrels per day

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