2 killed, 6 injured in Fire at Reliance refinery in Jamnagar


A fire broke out at the refinery site of Reliance Industries in Jamnagar Gujarat early on Thursday morning in which two persons died and six others were injured. However there was no hit to the production. The incident occurred at the company’s fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), a gasoline-making unit, at the 660,000 barrels per day (bpd) refinery, which was under maintenance.

“The fire broke out due to gas leak in RIL’s Moti Khavdi refinery in Jamnagar,” a police official of Meghpar police station said.
“Total eight persons sustained burn injuries and were admitted to the government-run Guru Govindsinh Hospital (G G Hospital) in the city,” the official said.

Reliance confirmed the there was a “flash fire” in one of its units which was under planned maintenance in the DTA refinery.

“While the Reliance fire brigade extinguished the fire swiftly, this has resulted in injuries to 8 contract workers, who are being provided necessary medical treatment,” the company said in a statement, and added that all operations of the refinery continue to be normal.

Reliance, controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani, has two advanced refineries at Jamnagar in Gujarat that can jointly process 1.2 million bpd of crude oil.

A company official said the exact cause of the fire was being investigated.