Explosion at Armenia’s Nairit kills four, wounds eight

15 May 2009 09:08  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS news)--An explosion at a production unit of Armenian synthetic rubber and caustic soda producer Nairit has killed four people and seriously wounded eight, the company and emergency services said in statements on Friday.

The blast and subsequent fire on Thursday evening damaged the company’s chloroprene production unit.

The fire was extinguished in less than four hours, the company said.

Nairit did not comment on how its production would be affected by the blast.

Based in capital city Yerevan, Nairit is the only producer of chloroprene rubber in former Soviet states.

Its nameplate chloroprene capacity is 75,000 tonnes/year.

Nairit also produces polychloroprene, caustic soda, liquid chlorine and monocarboxylic acids.

Armenia's emergency situations minister, Mger Shakhgeldyan, said the explosion would have no adverse environmental repercussions.

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By: Sergei Blagov
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