Total shuts down German methanol plant after explosion

17 February 2010 01:55  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Total has completely shut down the methanol plant at its refinery at the Leuna petrochemicals hub in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state following an explosion early on Tuesday, a company official told media in a webcast briefing.

The incident did not cause any injuries and was under investigation, Reinhard Kroll from Total’s Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland told mdr, a regional affiliate of a German state radio and television chain.

According to several media reports, the accident occurred early Tuesday morning, at around 1:30 local time (00:30 GMT).

The reports described the facility as Germany’s largest methanol plant, with a capacity of 600,000 tonnes/year.

According to the ICIS plants and projects database, the plant’s nameplate capacity is 660,000 tonnes/year.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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