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Egypt Firefighters Put Out Blaze at Naphtha Storage in Suez

April 15, 2012

Firefighters in Egypt extinguished a blaze that left one person dead and several injured at El-Nasr Petroleum Co. in Suez, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

The Oil Ministry said the blaze began in a naphtha storage tank late yesterday. Emergency crews put out fires at three out of the four tanks, Hani Dahi, chairman of state-run Egyptian General Petroleum Co., said in an e-mailed statement.

The blaze won’t affect local fuel supplies because naphtha stored there was for export, Dahi said. Naphtha is a refined oil product used as a petrochemical feedstock or as an additive to gasoline. The statement didn’t say what caused the fire nor did it give details of the damage.

The military deployed four helicopters to support the firefighters, the news agency reported earlier, citing the province’s governor, Major General Hisham Abdel- Moneim.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net; Ola Galal in Cairo at ogalal@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net


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