About 950 nearby residents had been evacuated, Pertamina said, with videos shared on social media showing huge flames engulfing the 125,000 barrels per day facility, while a large explosion can be heard.
The cause of the fire was still being investigated, he said at a news conference. Pertamina officials said there was lightning and heavy rain at the time the fire broke out. About 15 people were slightly injured and authorities said they were checking on the whereabouts of three others.
TASS news agency, citing a source at emergency services, said a reservoir has been damaged during testing works at a firm called “Small Oil Companies of Tatarstan.” It said two people had died and one was injured.
Located in Muzairah and Homa in Sharjah, the service stations are part of the 12 stations scheduled for completion in Sharjah by the end of the year to meet the increasing demand for fuel and automotive services in the Emirate.
An Engen spokesman said the company would issue a statement later. Engen is majority owned by Malaysia’s Petronas. According to Engen’s website, the Durban plant has a crude refining capacity of 120,000 barrels per day (bpd).
The fire struck the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. to the south of Tehran, said Mansour Darajati, the director-general of the capital's crisis management team.
The Kuwait National Petrol Company, after initially stating that there were no casualties, later tweeted that there were a number of injuries and cases of smoke inhalation among workers.
After the government ordered the army to help deliver fuel amid an acute shortage of truckers as UK’s supply chains for everything have been strained to breaking point by shortages of labour in the wake of the Brexit and COVID crises.
Firefighters in Lebanon battled to contain a fire at key fuel storage facilities as state-run National News Agency said it was not immediately clear what caused the fire that was still raging more than two hours after it broke out.