Pipeline ruptures at Stirol Ukraine ammonia plant, leaves five dead

06 August 2013 16:40  [Source: ICIS news]

(Recasts to clarify in paragraph four that the ammonia lines referred to in the story are Stirol's two active lines)

LONDON (ICIS)--A pipeline has ruptured at an ammonia plant in Gorlovka, Kiev, managed by local producer PJSC Concern Stirol, the company said on Tuesday.

The explosion left five dead, according to the office of the prosecutor for the Donetsk region, which is to launch a criminal investigation into the incident.

The company said that there was a gas leak brought on by the failure of the pipeline’s containment systems. The current risk to the local population is not yet known.

According to a source, the explosion took place at one of the facility’s two active ammonia lines. The affected line was under maintenance before the explosion took place, and the other line is unaffected.

The maintenance had already reduced ammonia production at the site by 50%, but production has not been further reduced by the blowout at the site.

The company had said on 29 May this year that overhaul repairs on one of its ammonia units had been completed following a fire at the site earlier in the year.

Additional reporting by Rebecca Clarke

By: Tom Brown
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