One of Al Khor’s few gas stations has been shuttered following a weekend incident in which a gas tank apparently erupted underground.
North Field gas station and several shops inside the complex – which include a Honda service center, eateries, a pharmacy and a grocery store – remained closed today, with Al Fazaa tape cordoning off the perimeter.
Shopkeepers who spoke to Doha News said that the explosion occurred at 6am on Saturday morning.
Because the incident happened early on a weekend morning, the site was empty and there were no injuries, they said.
Additionally, the ground did not cave in, as it did during a similar incident at a different petrol station last year. Several shop windows were shattered from the force of the blast.
The shopkeepers explained that the explosion was quickly controlled, with police and fire trucks arriving at the scene shortly after the blast.
They added that most stores would likely reopen by the end of the week.
But the gas station’s reopening date remains unknown. One of the shopkeepers onsite told Doha News:
“The reopening of the station depends on the station’s management. We are all under different management. The gas tank is yet to be restored, so it could take some time before things are in working order.”
The safety of Qatar’s petrol stations has been called into question recently, due to a spate of incidents. Earlier this year, a gas tank explosion at a restaurant inside a petrol station complex near Landmark killed 11 people.
And in September of last year, an underground tank at a station on C-Ring Road apparently exploded, causing the ground to cave in and damaging several vehicles.
Al Andalus Petrol Station remains closed to this day, but is now being rebuilt and is expected to open soon – an idea that residents who are having trouble finding places to fill up their tanks would welcome.
Speaking to the Qatar Tribune after the blast at C-Ring Road’s gas station, Saud bin Abdullah al Hanzab, who at the time was chairman of the Central Municipal Council (CMC), criticized the country’s petrol stations, saying:
“They are a time bomb. Anything could have happened after the tanks suddenly caved in. We wish to avoid these things and want that the new designs avoid these things and situate the stations far away from neighborhoods.”
Some efforts to improve safety at petrol stations around Qatar have been made following February’s deadly explosion.
For example, authorities cracked down on eateries located at gas stations who were flouting a two year-old law that mandates the use of electric stoves instead of gas ones.
The explosion, which took place at one of the station’s restaurants, was apparently caused by a pizza oven that had been left on and leaked gas.
The sale of Woqod Shafaf LPG gas cylinders at petrol stations was also temporarily halted in a bid prevent further gas station explosions.
As if it’s not bad enough worrying about the nutters “driving” on the road, now you have to worry about being blown up while getting petrol
3 petrol station explosions within a year’s gap. Scary indeed.
That statistic is just a racist discriminatory slur on Qatar’s Petrol stations….why do people always pick on us 🙂
you should worry ! – how many cars leave their engines running whilst filling up, and there are people using mobile phones too – amazing this is not a more regular event – whilst ‘do-as-you-likies’ ignore common sense and H&S practice
No such thing as common sense in Qatar
sorry, just typing this reply while driving and on the phone with other hand…….but couldn’t agree more 🙂
Were you eating a sandwich and reading the paper too?
lol…….but don’t be silly how could I possibly eat…I had my feet on the dash board and was clipping my toe nails at the time….serious multi-tasking 🙂
Is that one of those eateries that was going to be closed down at all gas stations following the last explosion?
Were they actually closed down or reopened or what? I remember going to one station that no longer served fatayr, but being able to get a shwarma at another
I thought it was something about gas station restaurants needing to convert their cookers from gas to electric. Not sure if that was ever fully implemented, and if it was whether the rule remains in place or was silently overturned again, just as the ban on selling gas cylinders from petrol stations was later overturned.
Are gas cylinders being sold at Woqod again? I had not checked for a few months.
Love the sign on the restaurant door…” We are please to inform you that our restaurant is temporarily closed today…….”
Mobile phones have never blown up petrol stations. Anywhere. In the whole world.
How about implemeting some actual laws against smoking at petrol stations? It could not be the cause in this case; however it drives nuts seeing people of certian cultures still smoking there! No one cares for anyone’s safety in here!
never understood why in this country there is such a little number of gas station. So in Al Khor you might also risk to remain without gasoline if you are in need to refill your tank….