Oxea restarts Oberhausen production after bomb is defused

16 February 2011 16:15  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Oxea’s production plants at Oberhausen in Germany have restarted after an unexploded bomb from the Second World War was successfully defused, the company said on Wednesday.

The bomb was disarmed at around 14:40 local time (13:40 GMT), and after receiving the all-clear signal workers at the plant returned to their jobs and started up the production facilities at the site, said Oxea.

The 1,000kg bomb was discovered on 11 February. Authorities established an evacuation zone of 1,500m around the area where the bomb was found.

No people were allowed within this zone while the bomb was being dealt with.

As a result, the entire Oxea Ruhrchemie production site was evacuated and production was shut down on Wednesday until the bomb was safely disarmed.

"We were able to ensure the safety of all persons on the site and started up the plants as quickly as possible," said Oxea’s director for production and technology, Georg Dambkes.

Oxea produces 130,000 tonnes/year of butanol, 540,000 tonnes/year of butyraldehyde, 75,000 tonnes/year of dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and 300,000 tonnes/year of ethylhexanol at its Oberhausen site, according to ICIS data.

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