October 8, 2018 – Canada, Plumes of smoke and explosions have been seen coming from Canada’s largest oil refinery as the owners of the Irving Oil site confirm that a ‘major incident’ is underway at their energy plant in New Brunswick.
Residents near the crude oil processing plant have reported hearing loud explosion coming from the 780 acre site. Meanwhile, eyewitnesses have taken to social media to post images of black smoke rising from an area inside the refinery.
My friend Jill just posted these photos of the St John's refinery in New Brunswick
I hope everyone is ok
Explosion shook her house pic.twitter.com/EFGyZsLDpn
— Brendan Maguire (@bmaguirens) October 8, 2018
Irving Oil has confirmed that they are responding to a ‘major incident’ at the Saint John, New Brunswick facility. It’s not yet clear what caused the incident.
“We can confirm that a major incident has occurred at our Saint John refinery this morning,” it said in a statement. “We are actively assessing the situation at this time and will share more information when available.”
Emergency services are at the scene and police have closed down roads in the area.
Very serious fire currently underway at the Irving Oil Refinery. pic.twitter.com/te8X4Xl6Tw
— Julia Wright (@thewrightpage) October 8, 2018
Crude oil and gasoline futures moved higher following the reports.
The refinery is likely the most important in terms of imports into the U.S. Northeast market, according to Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at Oil Price Information Service.
“We probably import more gasoline from that single refinery than any other single refinery around the world,” he said.