UpdateBlast at PetroChina’s Fushun Petrochemical injures 30 people

19 January 2011 10:03  [Source: ICIS news]

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SHANGHAI (ICIS)--At least 30 people were injured on Wednesday when a blast occurred at the 1.5m tonne/year fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) run by PetroChina subsidiary Fushun Petrochemical, the country’s state-owned Xinhua News Agency reported.

The cause of the blast – which resulted in the plant shutting down - was still under investigation, according to a report by C1 Energy, an ICIS service in China.

“The plant will not be restarted in a short term and we may cut [the] operating rate at the 8m tonne/year refinery,” a company source told C1 Energy.

The FCC and the refinery are located at Fushun in northeast China’s Liaoning province.

Other details were not immediately available and company officials could not be reached for comments.

Meanwhile, Fushun Petrochemical would finish building an 800,000 tonne/year naphtha cracker at the same site in December 2011 and planned to start it up by June 2012, the source added.

Additional reporting by Fanny Zhang

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