On Thursday, fire broke out at Reliance Industries Limited in Jamnagar, around 3 AM at its refinery complex in Moti Khavdi village. The accident took place due to gas leakage in Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) in the domestic tariff area of refinery, which was shut down for maintenance and repair.
Eight persons suffered burn injuries, who were admitted to the government run Guru Govind Singh (GG) Hospital urgently. Out of which, 6 were severely injured, and two were dead as confirmed by the GG Hospital superintendent Nandini Desai. The event occurred during the maintenance shutdown, where the workers were grinding pipe. When spark from grinder lit up residual hydrocarbon gas, it led to a flash fire. The maintenance work has been suspended by police for investigation purpose. It is difficult to say that whether it is a case of criminal negligence or not. Therefore, the case has been registered as accidental deaths at Meghpar police station as said by the police. People who sustain injuries are identified as follows :-
- Pappu Kumar Prasad (30)
- Tejilal Thakur (35)
- Badrilal Dangi (33)
- Pushpendra Pandey
- Shivji Chauhan (30)
- Sharmaji Pandey (38)
- Amrutlal Dangi (45)
- Narendra Singh Sandhu (23)
Pappu Kumar and Sharmaji Pandey had suffered around 57% burns, Thakur suffered 74% burns while Badrilal, Pushpendra and Shivji burned more than 85%. Amrutlal,who belonged to Haryana and Narendra from Varodara burned 99%, therefore could not be saved. The other 6 has been referred to private hospital in Rajkot, for further treatment. Three out of surviving six are in critical situation, as told by the hospital.
“There was an unfortunate flash fire in one of the units under a planned maintenance shutdown in our DTA refinery at Jamnagar. While, the Reliance fire brigade extinguished the fire swiftly, this has resulted in injuries to some contract workers who are being provided necessary medical treatment. All operations of the refinery continue to be normal,” as the statement given by Reliance Industries Limited.
Reliance, which is owned by Mukesh Ambani has two refineries at Jamnagar district of Gujrat which can process 1.2 million bpd of crude oil together. The maintenance shutdown was planned during which the event took place in the part of Domestic Tariff Area of refinery. However, the production of the refinery remains unaffected continues to be as usual.