Explosion hits Total’s Belgian refinery

Total SA reported an explosion occurred early in the afternoon on Nov. 19 in one of the installations at its 338,000-b/d Antwerp, Belgium, refinery.

The blast, which occurred in a steam system of a gasoline-producing unit during maintenance activities, resulted in two fatalities, the company said in an e-mailed statement.

While the refinery was evacuated and partially shut down, the explosion did not result in a fire or any release of hydrocarbons into the atmosphere, according to Total.

Further details regarding the cause of the explosion or the impact to production at the refinery were not disclosed.

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