A short while ago a number of photo's turned up on facebook along with details (still thin right now) of an evacuation being carried out at PDO's Mina al Fahal facility and the Orpic refinery due to a fire in the Orpic refinery. I've shared the photo's here, but if you took one of them and don't want it here - please just drop me an email and I'll take them down.
Not a lot of details yet on what caused the fire, but in the same vein, PDO did confirm that the mystery oil on the beaches between Damaniyat islands and Seifa are not due to their tankering operations off of Mina al Fahal.
The Public Authority for Civil Defense & Ambulance just tweeted that there have been 3 people injured with "medium injuries" and are being transferred to hospital. Also that the ambulance and fire services from Wattayah, Azaiba & Darsait have reported to the fire... so a 3 alarm fire so far.
Traffic in and out of PDO area / Qurum is extremely heavy and nearly gridlocked at the moment... so avoid the area.
Update: 3:45pm - Orpic posted this on their facebook page:
EMERGENCY RESPONSE MESSAGE
At 15:00 on 4 December the Orpic Mina Al Fahal Refinery reported a fire and an explosion which started in the Gas Treatment Unit, the cause of the explosion is not yet known. There has been 3 contractor causalities from site (one minor and two being treated in hospital). Control of the situation yet to be communicated.
Further to this PACDA tweeted that only the Orpic Mina Al Fahal refinery (and all associated offices, including PDO I think) have been evacuated. Surrounding areas are not at risk (except traffic!). They've also tweeted that the fire is now under control.