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Iran Rules out Sabotage in Refinery Blast

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TEHRAN, May 29 (ICANA) – An Iranian parliamentary report rules out any act of sabotage in the explosion which ripped through an oil refinery in the southern Iranian port city of Abadan last Tuesday.
Sunday, May 29, 2011 9:02:39 PM
Iran Rules out Sabotage in Refinery Blast

A comprehensive probe into the incident suggests the blast involved no act of sabotage, said Kazem Jalali, the spokesman for the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

He added that further investigation was underway to find out about any possible dereliction of duty.

At least two people were killed and 12 others were injured in the blast.

Firefighters immediately brought the fire under control.

A number of the refinery employees suffered gas intoxication after toxic fumes and thick clouds of smoke cast a shadow over the refinery.

A gas leakage in one of the refinery units has been blamed as the cause of the explosion and ensuing fire.

The Abadan refinery development plan is aimed at producing premium 94 octane gasoline.

According to a recent report published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Iran's gasoline production will touch 72 million liters per day by 2012.

The report pointed to the upcoming surge in gasoline production as work on upgrading several refineries is nearing completion.

The report added that Iran's gasoline production would yield a surplus of about 20 million liters per day for export once the country reaches production capacity of 42 million liters per day in 2012.

Iran plans to commence large-scale gasoline exports in the near future.

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