A fire at Shell Pakistan’s Keamari oil terminal on 3 September killed two people and seriously injured six more, as well as interrupting the supply of petroleum products across Pakistan, according to reports.
The Tribune reports that the fire broke out around 12.15pm local time, in a 20” diameter import line belonging to Pakistan State Oil (PSO), which passes through Shell Pakistan’s site, which is the main oil terminal in Pakistan.
PSO issued a short statement on Twitter saying: ‘A fire erupted in PSO’s pipeline passing through Shell Pakistan’s premises in Keamari during maintenance work under Shell Pakistan’s supervision. PSO reacted swiftly to the incident and worked with emergency services to ensure the safety of all stakeholders.’
The Tribune reports that 7 fire tenders belonging to the Karachi Port Trust (KPT), one from the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Fire Brigade and two from the Pakistan Navy were involved in fighting the fire. KPT told the paper that it was informed of the fire at around 1.05pm, and that it was extinguished by around 3.30pm, using a combination of foam and mud. Paramilitary forces from the Pakistan Rangers Sindh also assisted in putting out the blaze and rescuing the victims.
KPT told the Tribune that it has requested the Karachi commissioner to open an inquiry to determine the cause of the fire, and will investigate those responsible.
‘It appears that ignition of in such a fire is a sequel to some serious violation of safeties required to be adopted for such a work,’ it said.