Evonik workers not at fault in Germany plant explosion - prosecutors

05 April 2012 16:02  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--German prosecutors are ruling out a mistake or fault by Evonik workers as the cause for an explosion at a chemical plant in Marl near Duisburg, Germany, they said on Thursday.

The accident on Saturday 31 March resulted in the death of two workers.

Prosecutors at Evonik's headquarter's in Essen said preliminary findings show that the accident’s cause is likely to be found “in the field of material technology, possibly by material failure.”

Experts are continuing their investigation of the plant’s technical work processes, they added.

The accident occurred at a plant producing cyclododecatriene (CDT). CDT is used to make laurolactam which is used as a monomer in polyamide 12 (PA12).

Meanwhile, Evonik warned of substantial constraints in supplying certain polyamide 12 and C12 monomer products because of the accident at the Marl chemical park.

Evonik added that it is making every effort to ensure the CDT plant is being repaired and returned to full capacity as soon as possible.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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