Italy: Refinery Fire near Milan Site Accident Near Milan: Refinery Fire in Italy Raises Concerns

Editor: Dominik Stephan

A major fire at a refinery near Milan, Italy, has caused concerns about the safety of the country’s oil industry. The site at Sannazzaro De’ Burgundi (Pavia) already saw two blazes in summer 2016.

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Milan/Italy – Italy’s national oil company Eni reported on Thursday that the fire, which broke out during the night was under control by noon. Luckily, nobody was injured and no secondary explosion occurred.

The fire broke out in the EST plant of the refinery, which is used to convert heavy oil residues into petrol and diesel products, during a planned 30-days-shutdown (started in November). Local authorities and company specialists are examining the cause of the incident.

Sannazzaro De’ Burgundi already saw two fires in June, a local MP told the press. In the past, Unions claimed that staff shortages at the refinery had led to a lack of effective security measures.

Eni stated that during the incident all security systems were active and functioned correctly, guaranteeing the safeguard of the personnel. Local authorities confirmed that the concentration of pollutants in the air was not significant.