UpdateExplosion destroys unit at Pardis Petrochemical complex in Iran

05 August 2010 14:18  [Source: ICIS news]

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LONDON (ICIS)--A unit at Pardis Petrochemical Company's (PPC's) complex in Iran has been destroyed by fire following an explosion at the facility, despite firefighters managing to contain the blaze, Iranian news services said on Thursday.

It is still unknown what type of unit was destroyed.

It was reported that a ruptured gas pipe caused the explosion at the PPC complex, which left five workers dead and injured two others on Wednesday.

The second-phase PPC plant, which produces urea and ammonia, was inaugurated last week, according to Iranian news services.

The factory is located in the port city of Assalouyeh, south of Tehran, on the Iranian shore of the Persian Gulf.

PPC started commercial production at its new 1.1m tonne/year urea plant at Assalouyeh on 19 July.

The company’s 680,000 tonne/year ammonia plant, situated at the same complex, started production in February 2010.

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