South African Refinery Blast Injures 11
On May 22, a blast at the Natref oil refinery injured 11 people, according to a statement by plant co-owner Sasol.
The 108,000 barrel per day refinery, situated in Sasolburg south of Johannesburg, remains operational but facilities in the vicinity of the hydrogen compressors where the blast occurred have been closed down.
Natref’s emergency services were activated immediately and all personnel evacuated from the area. The explosion resulted in a fire that was extinguished within an hour, the company said.
An investigation into the incident has been set up to establish the cause.
Natref is co-owned by French oil group Total.