Clouds of smoke after explosion
A serious equipment failure has been blamed for the fire at the Niquan plant in Pointe-a-Pierre on Wednesday.
A release by the company stated that around 6.35 am, there was a blowout of the DA-301 system which was part of the cleaning process.
It stated that the plant was immediately closed down and the natural gas supply isolated.
Niquan Energy stated that the fire was extinguished by the automatic fire prevention system which was supported by the operating team using the hydrant-based system.
It stated that there were no casualties.
Meanwhile the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) stated that its Emergency Response and Investigating Unit (ER) was involved in coordinating with the incident commander and other relevant agencies to receive the outcome of the preliminary findings.
Following this investigation, the EMA will conduct an assessment of the environmental impact at the site of the incident in accordance with the conditions as outlined in the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC), which it issued to Niquan for the Modification of the Gas to Liquid Plant process to include a steam generator and chiller system.