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Explosion kills two in recently opened refinery in Thailand

Christian Fernsby |
An explosion at an oil refinery in Thailand killed two people on September 29.

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The blast happened at the GRD Energy oil refinery, which is just under two months old, in Samut Sakhon on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Thailand-based English language website The Nation reports that the incident occurred while tests were being conducted on newly installed machines.

Emergency services were alerted of a fire at the refinery at around 08:00 local time.

Firefighters managed to bring the fire under control within 20 minutes.

Parts of a building structure at the refinery collapsed in the blast.

Two technicians Panya Nantharung and Supangchanan Saenchai were killed in the incident.

According to The Nation, the company told officials that the refinery is less than two months old and is used for refining old motor oil into alternative fuels.

Two new machines that had been installed in recent weeks were undergoing test runs at the time of the explosion.

The Nation reports that the blast is likely to have happened at a joint connecting an 800-litre oil tank to a chamber which heats oil to more than 200 degrees Celsius.

Eight staff members were working at the refinery at the time and the two technicians who died were standing in front of the oil tank when the explosion happened.