Total has shut down part of its refinery in Antwerp, Belgium, after
an explosion in a steam pipe, the company said on Tuesday.
The explosion killed two people, both of
whom worked for a subcontractor. The blast occurred around 3
p.m. local time on Tuesday during planned maintenance of a gasoline-producing
"We confirm that there has been an
explosion on a steam pipe in the refining part of the petrochemical complex," Total said
in a statement, adding that the situation is now under
The company added that the refinery was evacuated and that
there was no impact on the environment.
"As a consequence of the explosion, a part
of the installations are stopped, and the emergency plan of the
refinery has been activated," Total said.
The Antwerp refinery is one of the largest in Europe, with a capacity of 340,000
bpd. The company said earlier this year that it would invest
1 billion in the complex to increase its diesel capacity
and cut costs.