Bahrain: An explosion ignites oil pipeline fire, no reported injuries

Saturday, 11 Nov, 2017

An oil pipeline exploded in Bahrain on Friday, causing a massive fire near a market and a hospital.

Manama, Nov.11 (BNA): General Director of Civil Defence, Brigadier Abdulaziz Rashid Al Ammer has highlighted that 21 vehicles and 78 personnel were deployed to control the fire in an oil pipeline near Buri village.

"Terrorist acts witnessed by the country in the recent period are carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran", the ministry said in a longer statement on its website.

"The Ministry of Energy also confirmed that it has increased its security precautions at all its facilities, and that all these facilities enjoy the highest levels of protection and safety", it added in a statement.

It was not immediately clear what impact the fire had on oil flow.

He said that the National Disaster Management Centre was activated and experts of the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) were asked to come to the site to close the main supply key of the pipeline.

The village is located 15 km from the capital Manama.

Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa field, which it shares with neighboring Saudi Arabia, for much of its oil, pumped in via a 230,000-barrel-per-day pipeline.

Arabian Light crude oil will flow from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq plant via the 115-kilometre new pipeline, 73 kms of which will run overland and the rest under the Gulf.