No damage, injuries reported in Iran petrochemical fire

The naphtha tank explosion and fire in July (shown) was the largest in Iran petrochemical history. This latest fire took place at the previously destroyed tank. (Image courtesy of Tasmin News)

A fire that broke out at a naphtha storage tank at Iran's Bu Ali Sina petrochemical refinery has been extinguished. News reports claim that no personnel fatalities nor damage to the plant have been sustained. No cause was given for this latest blaze at the oil complex.

The Bu Ali Sina petrochemical refinery complex is located in the southwest port city of Mahshahr.
The same complex caught fire in early July and was destroyed. The recent fire took place at the previously destroyed tank.

In the July explosion, constant firefighting efforts to control and extinguish the naphtha tank blaze failed, and a specially designated task force ordered all of the reservoirs at the refinery to be drained, according to news sources. It was decided to discharge as much of the naphtha tank’s contents as possible, and then let the remaining material burn itself out.

Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, who was in Mahshahr in July to handle that operation directly, ruled out the possibility of any acts of sabotage or arson, saying the fire was a result of a technical failure.

No cause was given for Wednesday’s blaze at the oil complex.

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