Bayer CropScience halts production at India plant after fire

26 March 2010 16:47  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Bayer CropScience has halted production at its Ankleshwar site in India’s Gujarat state, complying with a request by local authorities to do so after a fire earlier this month, it said on Friday.

Bayer said authorities had asked it to suspend production because of the fire at an on-site storage tank on 11 March.

Bayer was working closely with the officals and would seek to resume normal production as early as feasible, it said without disclosing further details about the fire.

Bayer CropScience had sufficient stocks of key products manufactured at Ankleshwar, and as such did not expect a disruption in supplies to customers, it added. It did not say what types of products its makes at the site.

India, along with most other countries, has significantly strengthened its chemical plant safety measures following the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster.

In 2008, two workers died at a Bayer CropScience US site in an accident that was later compared with Bhopal in its potential danger.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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