Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Paradip, Jan 31:
A day after fire broke out at the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) oil refinery of in Odisha’s Paradip, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today visited the affected site here to review the situation.
The Union minister said that Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) would investigate into the matter and submit its report within three days.
“The fire has been caused due to technical failure. Oil Industry Safety Directorate would investigate into the incident and submit its report in three days,” Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told media here.
The mishap has occurred barely a week ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the refinery where he is scheduled to inaugurate the 15 MMPTA (million metric tonnes per annum) plant on Feb 7.
“Prime Minister’s visit will be as per schedule and there will be no changes. Power ministers from four countries would be present during the inauguration ceremony,” Pradhan added.
A fire engulfed the Atmospheric & Vacuum Unit (AVU) near the gate No.1 of the refinery following which seven fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze. After nearly five hours of hectic efforts of firemen, the fire was put out.
However, no loss of life was reported in the mishap.
Notably, Pradhan was in the Port town when the mishap occurred, He was in the town to oversee the preparations ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.