Two drivers were killed and three others were injured after a massive fire broke out at the main oil storage facility on the outskirts of the Pakistani port city of Karachi, at a terminal used by a local subsidiary of the Royal Dutch Shell.

The incident took place while truck drivers were waiting to get oil supplies. Local TV footage showed firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze, which was later brought under control.

Following the incident, Shell issued the following statement: “On Thursday, September 3, 2020, a fire erupted in the Pakistan State Oil company (PSO) 20 inch diameter import line, a line owned and maintained by PSO, in Keamari Oil Installation 1, next to the main gate inside Shell Pakistan terminal. Emergency authorities, fire brigade, along with assistance from Shell Pakistan personnel controlled the fire.”

In 2017, days after a fuel truck fire that killed 215 people, Pakistan ordered the same subsidiary, Shell Pakistan, to pay $2.4 million in compensation to the victims.

That incident took place when an oil tanker crashed in Punjab province, erupting into a fire as crowds of impoverished local villagers hurried to the site to try and collect oil that was spilling out.

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7th September 2020