A Kuwaiti crude oil refinery in Showaiba was shut down due to a technical problem Monday, June 25, the Kuwaiti National Oil Company said.
A company official, quoted by the official KUNA agency, said the closure of the refinery, which has a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day, was decided on after partial congestion in pipelines due to overheating in one of its boilers."
He said "work to clear the pipes would take between one week and 10 days" during which time the unit would remain closed.
The problem was discovered when the unit was re-started after overhaul work at the refinery, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Kuwait City, following a fire in February.
In June 2000, two Kuwaiti workers died of asphyxiation from a gas leak. — (AFP)
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