The nationwide supply of petroleum and oil products was suspended on Thursday after the oil terminal at Keamari caught fire.
“The main road, which is used to supply petroleum products across the country from Keamari, has been closed to extinguish the fire,” said an official of a leading oil marketing company which has a storage facility nearby the location of the incident.
“At least six truck drivers have received burn injuries in the incident that took place around 12:15pm,” said Shams Shahwani of the Oil Truck Owners Association while talking to The Express Tribune.
Shahwani added that the injured have been shifted to hospitals for treatment.
Keamari remains the major oil storage terminal in the country. Almost all oil marketing companies, such as Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Shell Pakistan, supply petroleum products to their petrol pumps across the country through the terminal.
This is the second time this year a fire has broken out at the oil terminal.
Oil marketing companies and Keamari authorities are yet to ascertain the cause of the afternoon blaze and estimate losses incurred.
Earlier, Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL), a subsidiary of the state-owned PSO, temporarily suspended production after the recent spell of heavy rainfall and flooding affected the refinery’s operations and damaged its pipeline transporting crude oil to the refinery in the city of ports.
Due to the unusually heavy rain in Karachi on August 25, rainwater had washed away a portion of the Piles Bridge carrying the intra-city oil pipeline of the company, which connects Keamari Terminal to the refinery at Korangi Creek transportation of cure oil and product.