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Fire erupts at Iranian petrochemical complex

Iran's Mehr news agency reports no casualties or serious damage from fire at country's biggest manufacturer of oil byproducts

Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency says a fire broke out at the country's biggest petrochemical facility but was quickly extinguished.


Mehr says there were no casualties or serious damages from the fire at the Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Complex in southwestern Iran.


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The complex produces oil byproducts including fuel. It is the biggest petrochemical production complex in Iran.


מפעל פטרוכימי בדרום-מערב איראן (ארכיון) (צילום: EPA)

Petrochemical facility in southwest Iran (Photo: EPA)


The agency's Sunday report didn't provide any details on the reason behind the fire.


Iran's oil and gas sector has been hit by an increasing number of attacks in recent years including simultaneous blasts at three gas pipelines near Qom last year.


Iranian officials said the blasts were not caused by technical failures but did not say whether they believed it was sabotage.


Earlier on Sunday, Iran's Oil Ministry said it has halted oil shipments to Britain and France, in an apparent pre-emptive blow against the European Union after the bloc imposed sanctions on Iran's crucial fuel exports.




פרסום ראשון: 02.19.12, 21:20
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