South Africa: Plant Accident Fire Breaks Out at Durban Refinery

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Fire at the mega plant operated by Engen has been extinguished and seven workers have been reportedly injured. The oil firm is yet to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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The fire was put out by firemen at 8.45am (06:45 GMT) on December 4, 2020. (symbolic picture)
The fire was put out by firemen at 8.45am (06:45 GMT) on December 4, 2020. (symbolic picture)
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South Africa – On December 4, a fire broke out at South Africa’s second-largest crude oil refinery in Durban. The incident occurred at the plant at about 7.10 am (05:10 GMT) and seven workers have been injured, according to news reports. The fire was brought under control and put out by firemen at 8.45am (06:45 GMT) on the same day.

Operated by the oil company Engen, which is majority owned by the Malaysian oil and gas firm Petronas, the refinery has the capacity to refine 120,000 barrels per day. The injured are reported to be in a stable condition. Engen is currently monitoring the damage done to the facility. The root cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

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