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Iran's Abadan refinery cat cracker repaired after leak

A leak detected on Saturday at the catalytic cracker of Iran's Abadan refinery was stopped and the unit was restored, the Iranian Oil Ministry's news website SHANA reported.

Hamid Reza Torki, the refinery's safety chief, denied reports on social media and news websites that an explosion had occurred at the refinery and that three workers had been injured, the state broadcaster IRIB said.

SHANA quoted the refinery as saying repairs were carried out swiftly and that there were no injuries or damage to facilities.

The head of the local environmental protection department meanwhile said a complaint was filed with judicial authorities against the refinery for pollution allegedly caused by the leakage, the state news agency IRNA reported.

The reports did not say whether production was affected at the Abadan refinery, Iran's oldest and largest.

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Alison Williams)

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