Cape Town refinery shut down

2012-07-19 13:27

Cape Town - The Chevron oil refinery in Cape Town was shut down on Thursday morning after a malfunction, the city's disaster risk centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said black smoke was billowing out of the Milnerton building.

"The emergency crews of the refinery responded to the incident and it was confirmed that there is no immediate threat to life, property, and the environment.

"The plant is stable and the situation is under control and the services of the city’s disaster response teams are not required."

The city’s air pollution division, under the department of health, would investigate and verify the quantities of smoke.

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