Kuwait oil refinery shut down after fire

OPEC member Kuwait has three refineries with a combined capacity of 930,000 bpd

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An official at Kuwait's National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has said that an oil refinery about 50 km south of Kuwait City has been shut down after a fire broke out.

KNPC's acting CEO Ahmad al-Jimaz was quoted on Monday by the state-run Kuwait News Agency sai that all personnel were evacuated from the Shuaiba refinery and that no one was injured in the accident. He says efforts are being taken to contain the fire that erupted just before noon.

The company said on its website that the Shuaiba refinery operates at a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day. The refinery's products are mostly for export and include gas, diesel and high-octane gasoline.

It was too early to say when Shuaiba would be back to full operations, a source told Reuters news agency.

(With Reuters and the Associated Press)

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