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Refinery refutes threat to fuel supplies after explosion

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While there was a message going around about a possible fuel shortage following the explosion at Astron Energy's Milnerton refinery, the company has refuted this.

While there was a message going around about a possible fuel shortage following the explosion at Astron Energy's Milnerton refinery, the company has refuted this. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency(ANA)

Cape Town – While there was a message going around about a possible fuel shortage following the explosion at Astron Energy’s Milnerton refinery, the company has said that there is no immediate threat.

An explosion at the refinery at approximately 4am resulted in the death of two employees and the injuries of seven others, Astron Energy South Africa confirmed.

After the news of the explosion spread, a message on the Milnerton Neighbourhood Watch indicated that there would 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,” the Facebook post said.

However, according to Astron Energy spokesperson, Suzanne Pullinger, this is not the case.

“There is no danger to surrounding communities. There is no immediate threat to fuel supplies because of the incident.”

Astron Energy CEO Jonathan Molapo said the incident is “a terrible tragedy”.

“Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected. Our priority now is to support them, and our colleagues, and to continue to ensure that the plant is completely safe. We will conduct a full investigation of the incident,” Molapo said.

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