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KNPC confirms four dead

12 October 2011

The Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation (KNPC) has confirmed that four workers were killed and two others injured earlier this month in a gas unit blast at an oil refinery in Kuwait.

The Mina al-Ahmadi refinery
The Mina al-Ahmadi refinery

The explosion at the Mina al-Ahmadi refinery was caused by a gas leak during routine maintenance work.

However, Kuwait Petroleum Corp (KPC) CEO, Faruq al-Zanki, has denied that an explosion occurred, stating: "What happened was a gas leak at the Gas Liquefaction Unit during maintenance work ... not an explosion.”

An investigation committee has been formed to probe the cause of the leak which killed the four Asian workers. Two opposition MPs called for an immediate investigation into the incident, with Islamist MP Waleed al-Tabtabai calling on Oil Minister Mohammad al-Baseeri to step down.

The Mina al-Ahmadi refinery, located in the southern coast of the Gulf Arab emirate, has a refining capacity of around 460,000 barrels per day.

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