Blast rips through Horizon upgrader

Inferno: the fire at the Horizon plant ligths up the winter sky

All production from Canadian Natural Resources' Horizon oil sands development has been suspended after an explosion tore through an upgrader at the site.

CNR said four workers were hurt in the blast. Three were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including burns. All four are said to be in a stable condition.

Fire fighters are still battling the blaze at the plant, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The fuel source of the fire has been isolated and the blaze contained to the coker area, with no site evacuation required.

The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board, Alberta Environment, and Alberta Occupational Health & Safety were launch an investigation into the incident once the fire has been fully extinguished.

In the fourth quarter of last year, the development's average output was 92,900 barrels per day.

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