BASF puts out Ludwigshafen site fire after hydrosulphite accident

11 September 2012 14:34  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Germany-based petrochemicals major BASF announced it has put out a fire involving hydrosulphite early Tuesday morning at is petrochemicals hub in Ludwigshafen.

BASF said on Monday at around 23:40 Germany time, that about 1,900 kilogrammes of hydrosulphite caught fire in a transport container. It took fire-fighters 90 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

One worker was medically examined for irritations to his eyes. There was no emissions impact on neighbouring residents. The cause of the fire is not yet known, the company said.

Hydrosulphite is used as a bleaching agent in the textile, paper, leather and food industries, and various other industries, according to information on BASF’s website.

In related news, officials at the Dormagen chemical site near Cologne, Germany, said that on Monday 25 workers were medically examined for eye irritations and respiratory complaints after a hydrochloric substance escaped at a facility where containers are cleaned.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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