Fire at Iran's Bandar Imam complex kills one, shuts units -report

06 August 2012 04:25  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--A fire broke out at Iran’s Bandar Imam petrochemical complex on 3 August, killing one and injuring 15 others, and prompted the shutdown of some facilities at the site, Shana news agency reported over the weekend.

The blaze was caused by a leak in a pipeline delivering natural gas feedstock to the complex, according to the news agency of Iran’s oil ministry, quoting an official from the country’s National Petrochemical Co (NPC).

The fire was fully extinguished by 4 August, Shana news said.

Further details on the shut units were not immediately available.

Bandar Imam is Iran's largest petrochemical complex.

In February this year, a fire was reported at an idle polymer plant owned by Bandar Imam Petrochemical Co (BIPC).

The Bandar Imam Khomeni complex has a total polyethylene capacity of 1.56m tonnes/year, and a polypropylene capacity of 450,000 tonnes/year.

Iran’s Petrochemical Commercial Co (PCC), meanwhile, has a 180,000 tonne/year paraxylene unit, and another plant that can produce 430,000-450,000 tonnes/year of the aromatics product, according to ICIS data.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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