BASF reports leak during Ludwigshafen, Germany, plant restart

28 September 2012 14:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--BASF had a chemical product leakage at its petrochemicals hub in Ludwigshafen, Germany, on Friday morning, the company said.

BASF said that a watery solution consisting of hexanediol, hydrogen and a mono-alcohol mixture escaped at around 02:30 hours Germany time during the restart of a facility at the southern part of the site.

BASF’s on-site fire fighters used water cannons to contain vapours that arose during the incident.

There were no injuries, the company added.

Air measurements showed slightly elevated levels of carbon monoxide (CO) and organic carbon dioxide (CO2) near the affected facility, it said.

BASF did not comment on what facility or capacities were affected.

Hexanediol is used in the production of plastics, among other applications, the company said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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