WATCH | Massive explosion at Engen refinery in Durban

  • Emergency services responded to a massive explosion at the Engen Refinery in Wentworth, Durban, shortly after 07:00 on Friday.
  • One person was injured and six people were treated for smoke inhalation. 
  • The fire has since been extinguished and investigations into the cause of the explosion are under way. 


Emergency services responded to a massive explosion at the Engen Refinery in Wentworth, Durban, shortly after 07:00 on Friday.

KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie confirmed the incident and said fire and smoke could be seen billowing from the refinery.

He said the cause of the explosion has not yet been established. Six people were treated for smoke inhalation.

McKenzie added that a block of flats on Beach Road opposite the refinery also caught fire, but this has since been extinguished and no injuries were reported.

At around 09:10, advanced life support paramedic Garrith Jamieson told News24 emergency services were beginning to leave the scene of the explosion. One person was injured and taken to hospital after being struck in the hip by an unknown object. The fire had been contained, he added. 

Fire extinguished

Engen spokesperson Gavin Smith said the fire was successfully extinguished at 08:45.

"Engen's emergency response team and eThekwini emergency services were immediately mobilised to contain the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

"All relevant authorities have been informed and full cooperation has been provided. Engen will provide an update about the incident as soon as further information is available. Safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of our people, community and environment remains our utmost priority," Smith said. 

In November 2008, the refinery was shut for about four months following an explosion. In 2007, a fire caused by a lightning strike to a fuel storage tank burnt for three days and cost the refinery R210 million.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Will you continue to use WhatsApp following the company announcing a change terms of service which would force users to share personal data?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, the terms of service do not bother me enough to switch
52% - 7737 votes
No, I will be switching over to a new service
44% - 6449 votes
I've never used WhatsApp
4% - 591 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.13
(+0.04)
ZAR/GBP
20.58
(-0.03)
ZAR/EUR
18.29
(+0.01)
ZAR/AUD
11.66
(-0.21)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(+0.44)
Gold
1838.30
(+0.16)
Silver
25.19
(+0.97)
Platinum
1091.00
(+0.69)
Brent Crude
54.74
(-0.64)
Palladium
2378.00
(+0.74)
All Share
63713.87
(+0.26)
Top 40
58548.17
(+0.17)
Financial 15
11904.46
(-0.10)
Industrial 25
84813.75
(+1.20)
Resource 10
63219.33
(-1.00)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo