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The spokesman for the oil and gas company Arvandan (AOGC), a major subsidiary of the Iranian national oil company (NIOC) operating in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, confirmed on Saturday a fire in one of its reservoirs of storage in the Karun region.

Naser Farahani commented on the incident on Sunday after a the video was posted on social media showing a fuel tank and thick smoke rising behind it. Farahani, however, said the tank was completely empty and the smoke seen in the video was rising from the tires and a burning crane behind the tank, but did not specify the cause of the fire.

The AOGC spokesperson also said the fire caused no production disruption. The company which is headquartered at the strategic port of Khorramshahr, Khuzestan, is the main oil and gas production operator of Azadegan, Yadavaran, Darquain, Jufeyr, Moshtagh, Khorramshahr, Arvand, Susangerd, and other fields, which are located in the west of the Karun River.

A similar but more extensive incident at the Tondgooyan refinery in Tehran in June resulted in the explosion of one of two LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) tanks affected by the fire. The fire took two days to go out. Authorities said eleven people were injured in the incident.

Since last summer, there have been multiple suspicious incidents at Iran’s nuclear, military and industrial sites. While Israel is believed to have launched sabotage attacks on some of these sites, it has not taken responsibility for any incidents.


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