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Explosion at Total’s Antwerp refinery kills two

6:52 AM MST | November 22, 2013

An explosion on 19 November at Total’s 360,000-bbl/day refinery at Antwerp killed two contractor employees, the company says. The blast occurred while maintenance was being carried out at a steam-generation system in a gasoline production unit, Total says. Several units were shut down at the refinery and an emergency plan activated following the explosion. The blast did not cause a fire, and no hydrocarbons were released into the air, the company says. The refinery is a major producer of aromatics, with capacity for 250,000 m.t./year of benzene and 580,000...

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