At least two people have died and at least six others have sustained injuries following an explosion at an oil refinery in South Africa.
The Astron Energy’s refinery in Cape Town exploded on Thursday morning, according to officials.
Police are now investigating the explosion at the facility which refines 100,000 barrel per day.
In statement Astron said “The resultant fire has been contained and the plant is now stable.
Astron Energy immediately activated its emergency response procedures and notified the relevant authorities.”
“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,” it added.
The plant was starting up after undergoing extended maintenance, but it has now been shut down following the explosion.
#sapsWC Two people (man and woman) were killed and six other injured in an explosion at the Astron Oil Refinery in Milnerton in the early hours of Thursday, 02 July 2020 at approximately 4:00. The cause of the explosion is still the subject of an investigation. TM pic.twitter.com/jpRAoENpmZ
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) July 2, 2020