Five killed, 30 hurt in blast at India's GNFC complex

15 October 2003 10:31  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (CNI)—Five workers at India’s Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers Co (GNFC) have died and at least 30 others have been injured in an explosion at the company’s production complex at Narmadanagar in the Bharuch district of Gujara.


GNFC said the blast in the company’s nitrophosphate complex led to the closure of some of its other plants while others were still working normally. The company operates major ammonia, urea, methanol, formic acid and acetic acid plants.


The explosion in the nitrophosphate plant forced the company to immediately shut down its entire nitrophosphate group of plants. The company has brought together a team of in-house experts and other chemical companies to investigate the cause of explosion which occurred on 21.05 Indian standard time (GMT17.35) on Tuesday, 14 October.


The company is still assessing damage to the plants. Rescue operations were completed on Wednesday morning. Work is full swing to remove all of the damage caused by the  explosion.


Details about the closed units and when they will be restarted were not immediately available as all the top officials of GNFC were either busy in emergency meetings or supervising urgent operations.


GNFC has an ammonia capacity of 445 000 tonne/year and a urea capacity of 594 000 tonne/year. It also has the capacity to produce 142 500 tonne/year of ammonium nitrophosphate, 142 500 tonne/year of calcium ammonium nitrate, 66 000 tonne/year of concentrated nitric acid, 129 000 tonne/year of methanol and 100 000 tonne/year of acetic acid.

By: Naresh Minocha
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