Offbeat Lebanon: A petrol tank of an oil installation takes fire

12:55  11 october  2021
12:55  11 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Lebanon-fire-fire: Lebanon: a petrol tank of an oil installation takes fire

LIBAN: UN RÉSERVOIR D'ESSENCE D'UNE INSTALLATION PÉTROLIÈRE PREND FEU © Reuters / Aziz Taher Lebanon: a tank of Essence of a petroleum installation takes fire

Beirut (Reuters) - Firefighters fought on Monday a fire that declared itself in a petrol tank of an oil installation in southern Lebanon, without making victims.

The fire, which touched the Zahrani oil site and released a thick black smoke in the air, was mastered, announced the Minister of Energy, Walid Fayad, cited by the Prime Minister's Office on Twitter.

"I asked for a report on everything that happened and its causes to know the origin of the problem in order to avoid it in the future," he added.

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A source within the security services had previously stated in Reuters that the army had tried to cool near the nearby tanks to curb the propagation of the fire and it turned away the traffic near the installation situated. in a sparsely populated area.

The Zahrani site, located about 8 kilometers south of the city of Sidon, is home to one of Lebanon's main power plants.

The country is in the face of a deep economic crisis aggravated by fuel shortages that have reduced the country's public electricity in recent months. The two power plants of Zahrani and Deir Ammar had to completely close this weekend, plunging Lebanon into the dark before electricity is restored Sunday.

According to the World Bank, the crisis that Lebanon has been going through for almost two years is one of the worst economic crises in modern history. The Lebanese book lost more than 90% of its value and three-quarters of the population rocked into poverty.

(Report Mahmoud Mourad and Maha El Dahan, written by Maher Chmaytelli and Tom Perry, French version Juliette Portala, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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