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Canadian refinery blast injures eight

05 September 2022

An explosion and fire injured eight workers at an idled oil refinery in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada on September 2. The incident happened at the Braya Renewable Fuels refinery, previously known as the Come by Chance refinery, which has been idled for over a year.

Image: Wikimedia/User: Shhewitt
Image: Wikimedia/User: Shhewitt

Canadian police said that emergency services arrived at the scene and found a fire had broken out as a result of an explosion. Eight workers at the site were injured before firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze. Five of the injured were reported to be in serious conditions and were airlifted to hospital.

The refinery, located around 93 miles (150km) west of the city of St. John’s, is currently owned by a private equity firm called Crest Fund Management. The company is converting the refinery so that it can produce sustainable aviation fuel. According to officials, the site was not yet producing any fuel when the explosion occurred.

An investigation into the incident has been opened with police working with the province’s Occupational Health and Safety division to determine the cause and background of the explosion.

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