Blaze in Kharg Terminal 

Blaze in Kharg Terminal Blaze in Kharg Terminal 

Fire damaged one of the oil storage tanks in Kharg Oil Terminal in the Persian Gulf, said the terminal's managing director on Sunday.

"Despite the huge fire, no one was hurt and no big damage was caused to the terminal," Mehr News Agency quoted Abbas Asaddouz as saying.

According to Asaddouz, the fire, caused by lightning that struck the island’s offshore terminal on Saturday, was contained by firefighters and the health and safety crew brought the situation under control in three hours.

Rejecting the news that several oil tanks have been completely damaged, the official said, "The terminal’s tanks are in full operation and precautionary measures have been adopted to avoid such incidents."

Once the world's largest offshore crude oil terminal and the main marine terminal for Iranian oil, Kharg Island's facilities were commissioned during the Iraq-imposed war of the 1980s following heavy bombing.

The strategic project of overhauling underground pipelines at Kharg Oil Terminal has recently been completed and Iran's largest oil terminal is fully geared for the lifting of sanctions.

"The terminal's export capacity has exceeded 6 million barrels per day," Pirouz Mousavi, managing director of the Iranian Oil Terminals, said.

Kharg Island is the largest and main export terminal in Iran. Most of Iran's exports are sent via Kharg. The terminal processes all onshore production (the Iranian Heavy and Iranian Light Blends) and offshore production from the Forouzan field.

The island's oil storage capacity is about 28 million barrels.