LSB Alabama nitric acid plant shut down after fire

10 February 2009 14:45  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--A nitric acid plant operated by LSB Industries in Cherokee, Alabama, has been shut down after suffering damage in a fire last week, the company said on Tuesday.

The fire broke out on 5 February and was extinguished immediately with no injuries, but the extent of damage to the 182 tonne/day plant had not yet been determined, LSB said.

“It is not yet known when repair or replacement will be completed and the nitric acid plant put back in operation,” the company said in a statement.

The fire was thought to have been caused by the plant’s recently-rebuilt compressor, LSB added.

The company said it would continue production at the larger of the two nitric acid plants at the Cherokee site, while it expected to meet sales commitments by shipping the product from other operations.

Based in Oklahoma City, LSB Industries specialises in climate control products and also manufactures and sells chemical products for mining, quarry and construction, agricultural and industrial acid markets.

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By: Mark Watts
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