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    FOUR DIE IN OIL REFINERY MAINTENANCE EXPLOSION

    Contractors perish in fire and explosion during maintenance on storage tank

    An investigation has commenced after four contractors died in an explosion and fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Pembrokeshire. Police said the explosion involved a 730 cubic metre storage tank where ‘maintenance’ work was being carried out.

    The  Fire and Rescue Service sent 10 engines to the scene and brought the incident under control within an hour and a half. A fifth man was airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea with severe burns.

     Greg Hanggi, refinery general manager, said:

    “The loss of our co-workers has come as a huge shock to us all. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to their families. We will ensure that all employees and contractors are fully supported throughout this difficult time.”

    Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Davies said:

    “We can confirm that any material released into the atmosphere as a result of the blast was immediately dispersed. The wind was blowing off shore, away from residential areas”.

    Local MP Simon Hart said:

    “It’s a really important business but it is a dangerous one and it’s had a fantastic safety record.  Credit where credit’s due, it’s had a long, good record. I don’t think we should go around dishing out blame until the investigation is over.”

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