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The latest information from the scene of the explosion and fire at the NP compound in Sea Lots is that at least one man has been taken to hospital for treatment.

The explosion occurred at around 11.30 am when two contractors were pumping fuel out of the Tank 4. A man who happened to be near the tank was traumatised and was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

The fire has been extinguished and workers have been allowed to re-enter the building.

In a statement a short while ago, NP said the explosion occurred on the southern side of the Tank Farm area of NP’s Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, Head Office.

“At this time, we can confirm that an explosion took place while a contractor was on site extracting residual product from a storage tank as part of a routine repair exercise at the NP, POS facility. We can confirm that there are no casualties at this time and that two persons who were affected by the explosion, have been taken to the hospital to receive emergency care,” the company said

“In keeping with established HSSE procedural guidelines, the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services were immediately contacted and fire tenders from the Wrightson Road, division were immediately dispatched to the scene. With a comprehensive response from the T&T Fire Services and the T&T Police Service, NP can provide assurance that the situation is fully under control as the fire is now contained.

“NP employs a robust maintenance system, and we are working to determine the cause of the incident as we remain in contact with authorities at the scene. The safety of our employees and the communities in which NP operates remains the company’s top priority at this point and we will be providing further updates as they become available.

“NP wishes to assure the public that our operations remain unaffected and that we continue to supply the country with a continuous and reliable supply of fuel.”