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Refinery explosion kills one, injures nine in South Korea

20 May 2022

An explosion at a refinery owned by S-Oil Corp., one of South Korea’s largest refiners, killed one person and injured nine others on May 19. The incident happened in the southeastern city of Ulsan while crude oil was being processed into petroleum, fire officials said.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The explosion happened at 20:52 local time at the S-Oil refinery located in the Onsan industrial park. A total of 39 fire trucks and 120 firefighters were sent to the scene and managed to contain a fire that had broken out. The exact cause of the blast is unknown.

At least nine people were injured and were taken to local hospitals for treatment while one person was confirmed as dead at the scene. Local media outlets report that several of the injured had suffered second-degree burns to their faces and hands.

S-Oil is the third largest oil refiner in South Korea and is majority owned by Saudi Aramco’s subsidiary Aramco Overseas Company. The incident could have an immediate impact on fuel supplies in Asia with the Ulsan plant being closed down until further notice.


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