It is with great sadness that Astron Energy can confirm that two Astron Energy employees died in an incident at the company’s Milnerton refinery this morning. Seven other individuals were injured, two of which remain in hospital where they are receiving treatment for their injuries. All steps are being taken by Astron Energy to support the families, friends and colleagues of the two individuals who tragically lost their lives and those who were injured in the incident.

The incident which occurred just after 04H00 has been contained and the plant is now stable and all work has been stopped. City of Cape Town fire services and emergency services remain at the scene. There is no danger to surrounding communities. There is no immediate threat to fuel supplies because of the incident. 

Astron Energy CEO Jonathan Molapo; “This is a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with the families of all those affected. Our priority now is to support them, and our colleagues, and to continue to ensure that the plant is completely safe. We will conduct a full investigation of the incident.”

Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

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