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Chevron refinery pays tribute to four killed in Pembroke blast as it gets back to work

The blast at Chevron's Pembroke Refinery last Thursday. (Photo courtesy of O&C Photography)

Chevron Refinery workers came back to work today, but not before they paid tribute to their four colleagues killed in last Thursday’s blast.

At 11am this morning, all Chevron facilities in the UK observed a four-minute silence; one minute for each of the colleagues lost in last week’s explosion.

The four colleagues who lost their lives are:

  • Julie Jones, a 54-year-old grandmother from Pembroke
  • Dennis Riley, 52, a grandfather from Milford Haven
  • Robert Broome, 48, a father of seven from Milford Haven
  • Andrew Jenkins, 33, a father of young twins from Milford Haven

Dyfed Powys Police say a fifth person is in a critical but stable condition in Morriston hospital,  Swansea, but have not released the person’s name.

The blast happened on Thursday 2 June as maintenance work was being carried out on a 730 cubic metre storage tank, which exploded around 6.20pm on Thursday, damaging an adjacent vessel.

Chevron released a statement today noting that it has begun a book of condolence within the refinery, as well as bringing independent counselling services onto the site immediately after the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Davies, the senior investigating officer, said yesterday: “The bodies of the deceased were removed from the scene yesterday evening. We are now working with forensic experts to formally identify the bodies.”

The identification process was hampered by the nature of the incident and it is thought it could take several weeks.

Senior Chevron managers from the US, including the Vice President of Global Manufacturing, will be visiting the refinery in the next few days.

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