sasolBusinessLive reports that chemical conglomerate Sasol closed part of the Natref inland crude oil refinery in Sasolburg following an explosion early on Monday morning.  

Sasol said the explosion, which affected 14 people, occurred at about 7.45am near the plant’s hydrogen compressors and resulted in a fire that was extinguished by 8.45am.  Eight people were treated for shock, three for dust inhalation and three for minor injuries.  The blast was heard and felt in Vereeniging, about 30km away.  Operating units near the hydrogen compressors were shut down.  The company is investigating the cause of the incident, as well as the effect it would have on production.

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