Russia's Omsk Rubber acetone, phenol output hit by fire

07 March 2014 10:45 Source:ICIS News

MOSCOW (ICIS)--Acetone and phenol units at Omsk Rubber’s petrochemical complex in western Siberia have been “seriously affected” following a fire and explosion at the site on 6 March, a source at the Russia-based producer said on Friday.

The company stopped production of acetone and phenol at the facility because of the fire, which took place at 10:35 Moscow time, according to Titan Group, which controls Omsk Rubber.

The shutdown is expected to entail domestic acetone and phenol supply shortages, the source said.

The source declined to comment on when the acetone and phenol production facility of Omsk Rubber could be restarted.

Omsk Rubber has capacities to produce 35,000 tonnes/year of acetone, and around 60,000 tonnes/year of phenol, nearly a quarter of Russia's total phenol output.

The company is also a key producer of butadiene rubber, MTBE and other chemical products in Russia, as well as of gasoline and diesel fuel. However, all other production facilities at the site continue to operate as normal, it said.

Regional authorities said in a statement on Friday that the deployment of more than 200 firefighters allowed to prevent a more serious emergency at Omsk Rubber.

The accident currently poses no environmental threat, the statement added. Meanwhile, four employees of Omsk Rubber remain at a local hospital, it said.

By Sergei Blagov