Fire at Reliance Jamnagar Refinery kills 2, injures 6
A fire broke out at a refinery site of Reliance Industries in Gujarat, killing at least two people and injuring six others critically on Thursday.
According to media reports, the fire broke out at around 3 am at the company’s fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), a gasoline-making unit, at the 660,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, which was under maintenance, said a company source under condition of anonymity. The incident, however, has not hit production process of the industry.
Eight workers suffered burn injuries in the incident. They were taken to state government-run GG Hospital in Jamnagar city.
“Total eight persons have been admitted to the hospital and two of them have died. The remaining six are being shifted to higher centres for further treatment,” The Indian Express quoted a doctor of the GG Hospital as saying.
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance has two advanced refineries at Jamnagar in Gujarat that can jointly process 1.2 million bpd of crude oil.
The part of the refinery where the fire broke out was in the domestic tariff area (DTA) of the refinery site. The second 540,000 bpd refinery is located in the special economic zone of the refinery site.
There was a “flash fire” in one of its units which was under planned maintenance in the DTA refinery, Reliance has confirmed, according to media reports.
“While the Reliance fire brigade extinguished the fire swiftly, this has resulted in injuries to 8 contract workers, who are being provided necessary medical treatment,” the statement said, and added that all operations of the refinery continue to be normal.