Brazil's Petrobras closes Argentina refinery after explosion

10 August 2011 12:53  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A refinery in Argentina, owned by Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras, has been temporarily shut down after an explosion which killed at least one employee, local media reports said on Wednesday.

The plant, located at Bahia Blanca in Buenos Aires province on the country’s northern Atlantic coast, has an estimated production capacity of 15,000 tonne/year of propylene, according to ICIS.

Local media reported that the explosion, which happened at around midnight local time on Tuesday, killed one refinery worker based in the facility’s operations room and seriously injured another who was in the vicinity. A total of five people were injured in the blast.

The plant has been closed pending an inspection by company and government officials, which was due to begin at 5am local time, according to local media agencies.

Petrobras was not available for comment at the time of publication.

Bahia Blanca is a major sea port and is home to the production and processing facilities of a number of major oil, gas and petrochemicals firms including Petrobras, local urea producer Profertil and the US-based Dow Chemical.

By: Peter Salisbury
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