Fire contained at Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery Compound
Port of Spain: The Ministry of National Security wishes to advise that the fire which resulted from an explosion at the Niquan Plant at the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery compound this morning, has been contained and there is no active danger at present to life or property in the immediate vicinity.
No injuries or damage to State assets have been reported from the incident where the catalytic cracker at the Niquan Plant exploded around 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday April 07, 2021.
The public is being advised to continue to exercise caution when approaching the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery and environs, seek alternative routes, and avoid venturing into that area as first responders are on the scene and vehicular traffic has been halted as a result.
All traffic has been diverted to TECU Building and Flower Pot Beach. Police officers are on the scene directing the flow of traffic. The Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway from the Claxton Bay flyover to the Tarouba flyover has also been identified as an alternative route for the motoring public.
Further advisories may follow from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries as appropriate.