Further chlorine leaks reported at Khimprom Novocheboksarsk

22 June 2011 14:04  [Source: ICIS news]

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Chlorine leaked on Tuesday night at the Khimprom Novocheboksarsk chemical plant in Chuvashiya, the regional emergency situations department said on Wednesday.

The leak happened at the company's production unit No 51, the emergency situations department said. It followed a similar incident on 20 June, but no serious damage was reported following either leak. Khimprom Novocheboksarsk declined to comment.

Last month, the Chuvashiya regional authorities launched a criminal probe into two chlorine leaks that took place at the company's production unit No 411 on 27–28 April.

The plant, which was built in 1960 in the Chuvashiya region, central Russia, produces some 150 chemicals, including chlorine, caustic soda, herbicides and methylene chloride.

Khimprom Novocheboksarsk is controlled by holding company Renova Orgsintez, which also holds stakes in several Russian petrochemical producers, including Sayanskhimplast and Khimprom Volgograd. In June 2008, Renova Orgsintez said it would invest €640m to build a new 5,000 tonnes/year facility to produce semicrystal silicon at Khimprom Novocheboksarsk from 2011. However, these plans have been slow to materialise.


By: Sergei Blagov
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