- An explosion has rocked the Astron Energy refinery in Cape Town leaving 2 dead and 7 injured
- The cause of of the explosion is still being investigated
- There are fuel shortages expected as a result of the explosion
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Two people have died and seven other injured after an explosion at the Astron Energy refinery in Cape Town.
Astron Energy South Africa confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the incident occurred at its Milnerton refinery at approximately 4am.
News24 reported that the casualty picture involved nine people. Two died, a man and a woman, and a seven people, four men and three women, were lightly injured.
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Earlier on Thursday, damage could be seen on one of the units closest to the Plattekloof side of the sprawling Milnerton plant, north of the city center. The unit was partially collapsed and mangled.
Astron issued a statement which read:
"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."
The Milnerton Neighbourhood Watch expects there to 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 South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed the deaths of two people and the seven other injured. SAPS said the cause of the explosion is still being investigated.
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