(EnergyAsia, August 26 2013, Monday) — At least four workers have died and five others reported missing after fire damaged the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) refinery in India’s Andhra Pradesh state last Friday.

The death toll will most certainly rise with another 39 workers injured when a cooling tower under construction exploded at the refinery in the the coastal city of Visakhapatnam.

The incident sparked off a strike by the plant’s 4,000 workers who said HPCL’s management must improve safety and maintenance standards and practices.
The company owns another oil refinery in Mumbai.