A memorial service will take place at the Astron Energy Milnerton refinery this week for the two company employees who died in the tragic incident at the refinery on Thursday 2 July.

The two Process Operators were 32-year-old Mpilo Sibiya and 27-year-old Likhona Vece. Astron Energy CEO Jonathan Molapo says “the entire company is in deep distress at the loss of these two young and talented chemical engineers and we will continue to provide the necessary support to their families”.

Of the seven admitted to hospital, six have been released and one remains in a stable condition. Medical support and counselling has been made available to anyone impacted by the incident.

Fuel supply
There is no threat to fuel supplies because of this incident.

Community Health and Safety
A post-incident risk assessment has been conducted and there is no health risk to the communities surrounding the refinery.

Plant safety
The overall plant remains stable. The affected area is barricaded and we continue to have support from the local authorities.

Cause of the incident
Astron Energy is committed to a full investigation of the incident, in co-operation with all the relevant authorities, to learn the cause and to take steps to prevent any re-occurrence of this tragic event.

Issued by: Suzanne Pullinger, Media and Communications Advisor for Astron Energy on (021) 403 7911 or email: media@astronenergy.co.za