South Korea’s Daelim PE storage tank blast kills 7, injures 13

15 March 2013 02:30  [Source: ICIS news]

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SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Seven workers were killed and 13 others were injured after a polyethylene (PE) tank exploded late on Thursday at Daelim Industrial Co’s plant in Yeosu, South Korea, according to various sources on Friday.

The explosion occurred at around 21:00 hours Korea time (12:00 GMT) on 14 March while welding work was being done, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing information from fire fighting authorities.

It is still unclear if the PE plants at the site were affected by the explosion, a company source said.

The company is preparing a public statement on the incident, a second company source said.

On 13 March, Daelim Industrial had shut its No 1 and No 2 high density PE (HDPE) plants – each with a 130,000 tonne/year capacity – in Yeosu for planned maintenance, the first company source said.

Its No 3 PE plant at the same site was not included in the maintenance and was scheduled to produce metallocene linear low density PE through March, he said.

Additional reporting by Felicia Loo, Surinder Malhi and Nurluqman Suratman


By: Chow Bee Lin
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