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A thick plume of smoke rising from the refinery following the explosion

Fire and police officers and other emergency first responders are currently at the scene of an explosion at the recently opened NiQuan GTL plant at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

Nearby communities were reportedly shaken by the blast but preliminary reports are that there were no injuries.

There has been no confirmed information on the cause of the explosion but it appears that the fire has been contained.

Plumes of smoke were seen from a distance and as a precaution arrangements were being made to evacuate nearby residents if necessary. One resident, Allan Gopaul, posted on Facebook that around 6.30 pm that his house was rocked by an explosion at the refinery.

NiQuan Energy’s Gas to Liquids plant at Pointe-à-Pierre was officially opened by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last month. According to the company’s website, the plant has a nameplate capacity of 2,400 barrels a day and produces high performance, low emissions energy products, GTL Paraffinic Diesel and GTL Naphtha, from natural gas.

This story will be updated as more information comes to hand.