UpdateEvonik deeply affected by fatalities in plant explosion – CEO

02 April 2012 20:12  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Evonik has reached out to the families of two workers who died as a result of a plant explosion at Marl near Duisburg, Germany, over the weekend, the CEO of the international specialty chemicals major said on Monday.

“Our thoughts are with them and their families,” Evonik CEO Klaus Engel said in a statement.

“We will stand with the families in this difficult situation, we will not abandon them in their troubles and pain,” Engel added.

The accident occurred on Saturday (31 March) at around 13:40 local time at an Evonik plant that produces cyclododecatriene (CDT).

One worker died immediately. Another worker, who was flown by emergency helicopter to a special hospital, died on Monday of his injuries.

Meanwhile, prosecutors at Evonik’s headquarters in Essen and local police in Recklinghausen, near Marl, have begun to investigate the accident’s cause, they said.

Infracor, which operates the Marl chemical park, said the explosion involved an accidental release of butadiene.

Infracor said there had been no danger for surrounding residents, even though Marl city officials advised residents to keep doors and windows closed as a precautionary measure.

The CDT plant was the only production unit at Marl directly involved in the blast, Infracor said. A company source added that the explosion has had no impact on C4 production at the site.

According to information on Evonik’s website, CDT is used as a starting material for flame retardants, flavours and fragrances, among other applications.

Additional reporting by Leigh Stringer

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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