A large explosion rocked the Astron Energy refinery at about 4am on Thursday morning [July 2], leaving two people dead and six others injured. The plant is located in Milnerton and damage is reportedly visible on one of the units closest to the Plattekloof side.
“Astron Energy South Africa can confirm that an incident occurred at its Milnerton Refinery at approximately 4am on July 2, 2020. Astron Energy immediately activated its emergency response procedures and notified the relevant authorities. The resultant fire has been contained and all work on the plant has been suspended. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all those on-site and further information will provided as soon as we have confirmed the details,” Astron said in a statement.
#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
Explosion at the Astron Energy Refinery in Cape Town at about 4am. Reports of two deaths and ten injuries. pic.twitter.com/t3HbhD5IZG
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) July 2, 2020
Any info on the explosion at the refinery in Milnerton? Photos received on social media… pic.twitter.com/R1u1Dw7Lln
— Merentia v d Vent (@Merentia) July 2, 2020
Picture: Twitter/Yusuf Abramjee