Russia's Omsk Rubber hit by explosion and fire

06 March 2014 10:38 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (ICIS)--A petrochemicals plant run by Russia’s Omsk Rubber in western Siberia has been hit by a fire, local authorities said on Thursday, following similar incidents at plants operated by fellow Russian producers TAIF NK and Stavrolen.

There was a fire and explosion this at 10:35 Moscow time on Thursday at the plant, the regional department of emergency situations said in a statement. 131 firefighters were mobilised to "localise" the fire, which affected 700 square metres, the statement said.

Based in Omsk region, Omsk Rubber is Russia's major producer of butadiene rubber, acetone, phenol, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and other chemical products, as well as gasoline and diesel fuel. There was no comment from Omsk Rubber on how production was affected.

The fire at Omsk Rubber  is the third incident at Russian petrochemical plants in just over a week. On 3 March, there was a fire at a plant operated by Russia-based producer TAIF NK in Nizhnekamsk.

The plant is situated near some of the operations of  situated near petrochemicals producer Nizhnekamskneftekhim (NKNKh), but neither company has commented on whether and to what extent production at the site has been affected  by the fire.

On 26 February, a petrochemicals plant operated by Lukoil subsidiary Stavrolen halted production after a fire at its ethylene (C2) unit. Based in Budyennovsk, Russia's in southern Stavropol region, Stavrolen also produces propylene (C3), polypropylene (PP), and high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

By Sergei Blagov