Fire breaks out at Kuwait oil refinery

Fire breaks out at Kuwait oil refinery, no casualties reported
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A fire broke out at a major oil refinery in Kuwait on Monday. No casualties have been reported and firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze.
The oil refinery where the fire took place handles 25,000 barrels of oil a day [source: Getty]

A fire erupted on Monday at a major oil refinery in Kuwait, the state-owned oil company said. No immediate casualties were reported. 

The blaze at the key Mina Al-Ahmadi oil refinery along Kuwait's Persian Gulf coastline north of its border with Saudi Arabia did not impact electrical supply or oil exports, according to Kuwait's National Petroleum Company.

The refinery handles 25,000 barrels of oil a day to supply Kuwait's domestic market primarily with gasoline and diesel.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the blaze in the refinery's treatment unit, which removes sulfur from the oil products.

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Residents in Kuwait's coastal Fahaheel district reported hearing a large explosion and shared footage on social media of thick, black smoke billowing over the highway.

Kuwait, a nation home to 4.1 million people, is slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey.

The nation has the world’s sixth-largest known oil reserves.