‘Human errors cause Ahmadi refinery fire’

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KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The administrative investigation committee which was formed to find out the causes of the fire that broke out in the Al-Ahmadi refinery last January, which killed 5 workers and injured dozens others, has prepared its final report and submitted it to the officials of the concerned authorities, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting reliable oil sources.

In this Jan. 14 photo made available on Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s Twitter account, fire fighters try to extinguish the fire at the Mina al-Ahmadi oil refinery in Kuwait. A fire erupted during maintenance work at a major oil refinery in Kuwait on Friday, killing 5 workers and critically injuring more that 12 others, KNPC said. (AP)

The same sources said that the committee has issued a set of different administrative sanctions that have affected a number of employees in different departments and at all administrative levels in the Kuwait National Petroleum Company.

The sources indicated that the committee recommended the dismissal of employees and issued dozens of warnings to company employees and officials, citing technical reasons and human errors for the fire, which necessitated taking administrative measures against negligent employees. It is noteworthy that the fire occurred on January 14, 2022 in the gas liquefaction unit No. 32 of the company’s Mina Al- Ahmadi refinery, while one of the valves was being replaced by the unit.

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