An explosion Saturday rocked Kuwait's smallest oil refinery, leading to its closure, but there were no injuries in the incident, said the spokesman for the Kuwait National Petroleum Company.
Mohammed al-Ajami said the blast took place at Shuaiba just south of Kuwait City at 1:30 p.m. local time in an oil pipeline.
The installation was gradually closed down, but the fire was still raging.
Terrorism was not believed to be behind the blast, al-Ajami said. An investigation was under way to determine the reasons for the incident, which are currently believed to have been technical.
Shuaiba is the smallest of Kuwait's three oil refineries with a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day.
Kuwait currently has three refineries at Al-Ahmadi, Mina Abdullah and Shuaiba, all in the emirate's oil-rich southern region, which have a combined refining capacity of 915,000 bpd.
Kuwait plans to modernize the first two refineries at an estimated cost of three billion dollars and the project is slated to complete in early 2011.