Two confirmed dead in explosion in refinery in Antwerp

Published:  20 November, 2013

No more reported missing, said Total’s production director Stanny Serrien.

The explosion occurred at around 3.00pm on Tuesday 19th November, said Total, and resulted in the deaths of two contractor employees.

The tragedy occurred while maintenance work was being carried out on a steam generation system in a gasoline production unit. No fires resulted from the explosion, and according to Total the situation is now under control.

Following the explosion the refinery’s emergency plan was activated resulting in the evacuation of the facilities and the shut down of part of the plant.

You can see a video below (outside website):

According to A Barrel Full, Total Raffinaderij Antwerpen is the largest and most complex refinery of the Total Group, and Europe’s second largest refinery by size. In 2013 Total announced the Total Antwerp Refinery Upgrading Project, which will include the addition of a Solvent De-asphalting Unit and hydrocracker. The 1 billion euros project is expected to be completed in 2016.

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