Explosion at China’s Shandong Liaherd Chemical’s unit, 14 dead

21 November 2011 07:43  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--An explosion at China’s Shandong Liaherd Chemical Industry’s 30,000 tonne/year melamine plant at Xintai city in Shandong province on 20 November killed 14 workers and injured five others, local authorities said on Monday.

The explosion occurred at around 14:00 hours local time (06:00 GMT) when workers were repairing a condenser at the unit, according to a statement released by the local government.

The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

The accident caused the death of four workers on site, while 10 died later in hospital. A remaining five workers are in stable condition, the statement added.

Shandong Liaherd Chemical has shut the plant and suspended its production with no confirmed restart date, a company source said.

The producer’s total melamine capacity is 66,000 tonnes/year, according to the company source.

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By: Adele Zhu

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