Friday, October 3, 2008 Kuwaitis believe refinery fires could be sabotage ABU DHABI Kuwaiti security officials are investigating a spate of fires at the sheikdom’s refineries for evidence of sabotage. Security sources said the fires have erupted at an alarming rate at Kuwait’s three oil refineries.
The sources said the fires could be the work of foreign rivals as well as Kuwaitis who sought to torpedo the construction of a fourth oil refinery.
Mohammed Al Hamlan, deputy chairman of the union at the state-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Co.(KNPC), said the sheikdom’s refineries were aging and neglected. Al Hamlan has urged Oil Minister Mohammed Al Olaim to order urgent repair and maintenance.
FYI – If the fires are sabotage targets then future attempts could also create a crisis for the Aluminum industry. The KNPC petcoke has become a critical supply for the calcining industry in the production of Calcined anode grade petroleum coke for the Aluminum smelting industry globaly. The The Middle East/Asia Smelters: Kuwait, Alba, Rain & some China smelters do not have alternate supply options for the same quantity or quality. Kuwait, China & Brazil are the only countries that have plans to produce some new green anode grade petcoke that potentially could be exportable to countries where many anode cokers have/are becoming fuel cokers. Regards