UpdateBlast at Texas acrylic acid plant sends two to hospital

09 December 2009 17:37  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--An explosion at an acrylic acid plant near Houston, Texas, sent two employees to the hospital for observation and as a precaution for inhalation injuries, a company spokesman said.

All other employees have been accounted for, according to a statement by Jim Bell, a spokesman for Arkema. 

Arkema operates the plant under the American Acryl joint venture it has with NA Industries, a subsidiary of Nippon Shokubai.

The explosion and fire occurred at about 8:45 hours Houston time (14:45 GMT) at the plant at 4293 Bayport Road in Pasadena, Texas, Bell said. The fire has since been extinguished and the site is secured, he said.

The cause of the explosion is unknown, he said.

The American Acryl plant has the capacity to produce 140,000 tonnes/year of crude acrylic acid and also produces glacial acrylic acid and butyl acrylate ester, according to ICIS news.

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By: Al Greenwood
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