Petronas Chems' Kertih aromatics unit shut for 15 days after fire

27 December 2010 09:35  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysia's Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) will keep its 550,000 tonne/year aromatics unit in Kertih, Terengganu, off line for 15 days, after a fire broke out at the unit's naphtha hydrotreater on 24 December, a company source said on Monday.

The company's aromatics inventory would be tapped to continue supplying the plant's contract customers, said the source.

The plant was shut as a "safety precaution", PCG said in a statement released to the Bursa Malaysia on Monday, adding that there was no human casualty in the incident.

The fire occured at about 23:35 hours Malaysia time (15:35 GMT) on 24 December at the aromatics plant located within the Petronas Integrated Petrochemical Complex at Kertih in Terengganu state, PCG said.

Other operations at the complex were not affected, it added.

"The fire was extinguished shortly after by the complex’s emergency response team, with the assistance of the Fire and Rescue Department," PCG said.

An investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire and to assess the extent of the damage it caused, PCG added.

Additional reporting by Bohan Loh

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