A large gas explosion at the Amuay refinery in Venezuela kills at least seven 48 others injured.
“There was a gas leak,” Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez told state TV. “A cloud of gas exploded … it was a significant explosion, there are appreciable damages to infrastructure and houses opposite the refinery.”
According to the local authorities, at this moment there is no risk of further explosions.
Based in the west of the South American OPEC nation, the Paraguaná Refinery Complex is considered the world´s second largest refinery complex, just after Jamnagar Refinery in India. It’s the result of the fusion of Amuay Refinery, Bajo Grande Refinery and Cardón Refinery.
This complex holds 71% of the refining capacity of Venezuela and it belongs to the state-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
Analysts say refineries in Venezuela, South America’s biggest oil producer, have suffered from a long list of problems including power failures and accidents.
Update1: at least 24 people are death, including a 10-year-old boy, more than 80 injured