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Fire breaks out at refinery pier in Venezuela

Fire breaks out at refinery pier in Venezuela

A fire broke out at a Venezuelan oil refinery loading pier Saturday, forcing the evacuation of workers and ships from the area.
The blaze began in the morning while diesel was being loaded onto a ship for export, the state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, said in a statement released by the Information Ministry.
It said the fire was not affecting fuel production and a team was working to contain the fire at the Cardon refinery in western Falcon state. No injuries were reported.
The precise cause wasn't clear, but the statement linked it to a flare while the ship was being loaded.
The Cardon refinery, one of two in the Paraguana complex, has five other piers.
On Wednesday, a fire blamed on lightning broke out on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, halting operations at a Venezuelan-owned fuel terminal.
Officials said Friday that blaze had died out after burning off the last of the available fuel.


Updated : 2021-07-26 07:26 GMT+08:00