Death toll from Venezuela refinery explosion rises to 41

27 August 2012 02:56  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The death toll from the devastating fire triggered by an explosion at Venezuela’s main Amuay refinery has risen to 41, according to news media reports on Monday.

The fire, which forced the shutdown of the 645,000 bbl/day refinery, was confined to two tanks out of nine that were originally affected, according to a statement on the website of state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).

Officials at the refinery are still trying to stop the blaze at the two storage tanks from spreading to other nearby storage facilities as of early Monday morning Singapore time, according to a Reuters report.

The early Saturday explosion was triggered by a gas leak in a storage depot that created a cloud and ignited, PDVSA said.

The resulting fire affected nine storage tanks holding mostly crude oil and some processed fuels including naphtha.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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