Fire Still Burning At Venezuela's Largest Refinery
- Published on Monday, 27 August 2012 09:52
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(Reuters): - A fire burned for a third day in two fuel storage tanks at Venezuela's biggest refinery on Monday, putting in doubt plans to restart the facility quickly after one of the world's deadliest oil industry accidents in recent history.
Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the blaze remained contained to the storage tanks. He has insisted that the Amuay refinery can be restarted within two days, once the flames have been put out.
"In the coming hours we are going to extinguish those tanks," Ramirez told state TV, standing alongside a aerial photograph of the sprawling facility.
A gas leak caused an explosion and then a fire before dawn on Saturday at the 645,000 barrel-per-day facility, part of the world's second biggest refinery complex. Nearby homes were obliterated, at least 41 people killed and dozens more wounded.
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