Four labourers were killed and 16 others injured when a fire broke out in a pipeline of Essar Oil's Vadinar terminal in Gujarat early on Thursday.
Company officials said the fire was quickly doused by using fire tenders and the injured contract workers were rushed to the hospital for treatment. A special team from the company is investigating the cause of the incident.
"Essar Oil's refinery has not been affected and is functioning normally. There was a fire incident in the Pig Launching Station of Vadinar Oil Terminal," a company spokesman told Hindustan Times.
The fire was 3 kilometres away from the main refinery, near the Vadinar oil terminal. Some welding work was in operation and sparks probably flew to the naphtha pipeline nearby and caused a fire, officials stated.
Essar Oil Limited had in November last year announced the successful start up of operations at its petroleum refinery with an initial capacity of 7.5 million tonnes per annum of crude which would gradually go up to 10.5 million tonnes per annum.
The setting up of the refinery had entailed capital expenditure of Rs 10,826 crore ($ 2.4 billion). The refinery has been built with state-of-the-art, contemporary technology and has the capability to produce petrol and diesel suitable for use in India as well as advanced international markets. It also produces liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), naphtha, light diesel oil, aviation turbine fuel and kerosene. It has been designed to handle a diverse range of crude — from sweet to sour and light to heavy.
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