Iran Says it is Ready to Help Rebuild Kuwait's al-Ahmadi Refinery

Published June 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iran is "ready to help" Kuwait rebuild the al-Ahmadi refinery which was severely damaged by an explosion Sunday, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA), quoting a source at the oil ministry.  

The Kuwaitis had welcomed the offer from the Iranian oil ministry, the source said. 

The refinery was severely damaged in the June 25th explosion, and Kuwaiti Oil Minister Saud Nasser al-Sabah said Tuesday the necessary repairs would cost around 330 million dollars. 

One expert has recommended building a new refinery rather than repairing al-Ahmadi, which uses outmoded technology. 

Five people were killed and 50 injured in the blast caused by a gas leak at the refinery some 40 kilometers south of the capital. 

The oil minister took responsibility for the accident and tendered his resignation to the emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, but Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has urged the emir not to accept it, according to the agency - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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