Authorities in Malaysia said on Monday that a fire in a refining and petrochemical complex in the south of the country, owned by Saudi Arabia’s Petronas and Aramco, killed five people, and this is the second fire in less than a year in the integrated complex Banjirang in the southern state of Johor Malaysia. The value of that complex is about 27 billion dollars.
Petronas and Aramco each own 50% of the joint venture that owns and operates the complex.
The Department of Fire Fighting and Rescue in Johor State, where the compound is located, said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation, noting that it occurred on Sunday evening in a diesel processing unit.
The administration added that there was one casualty other than the dead.
Petronas referred the inquiries to the complex’s petroleum and petrochemical company, which did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The Malaysian News Agency (Bernama) quoted the company as confirming the fire and saying that “the situation is under control.”
No fire occurred in another unit in the complex last April, killing or wounding people.