Petrobras to work on new safety standards at Bahia Blanca refinery

26 August 2011 10:50  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Brazilian energy major Petrobras has been told to work on new safety procedures at its Bahia Blanca refinery in Argentina after two accidents at the facility in two weeks, the company said on Friday.

Local authorities told Petrobras officials to improve conditions at the plant in a meeting on 24 August, the company said. This followed an explosion at the plant on 10 August which killed a worker, and a small fire at the same facility on 22 August.

"During a meeting with local authorities in Bahía Blanca, on Wednesday, Petrobras was asked to develop joint initiatives along with the parties who will be operating the refinery at its full capacity," a spokeswoman said.

The refinery was shut down on 10 August at the request of local officials after a blast that killed a Petrobras employee, and was being gradually restarted when the fire broke out.

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

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

Local chemicals facilities were not affected by the explosion.

By: Peter Salisbury
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