Astron Energy South Africa confirmed that the incident occurred at its Milnerton Refinery at approximately 4am. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency (ANA)
Astron Energy South Africa confirmed that the incident occurred at its Milnerton Refinery at approximately 4am. Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency (ANA)

PICS: Fire contained after explosion rocks Milnerton refinery

By IOL reporter Time of article published Jul 2, 2020

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Cape Town – A fire has been contained after an explosion at a Milnerton refinery earlier today.

Astron Energy South Africa confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the incident occurred at its Milnerton refinery at approximately 4am.

"Astron Energy immediately activated its emergency response procedures and notified the relevant authorities. The resultant fire has been contained and the plant is now stable. 

Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency (ANA)

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of all those on site and further information will be provided as soon as we have confirmed the details."

There have been unconfirmed reports of fatalities and the police and Astrong Energy have yet to respond to a request for comment.

Picture: Henk Kruger / African News Agency (ANA)

The Milnerton Neighbourhood Watch expects there to be fuel shortages due to the explosion.

"By now all have heard of the explosion that took place at the Caltex Refinery in Milnerton/Killarney. As a precautionary measure, we urge all to fill up with petrol as shortages are expected," it posted on Facebook.



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