Fire shuts down Iran petrochemicals complex

14 August 2012

Bandar Imam Khomeini complex in Iran is closed after gas leak causes fire

A fire at Iran’s largest petrochemicals complex at Bandar Imam Khomeini has forced the closure of several production units.

Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company stopped production at its polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) units following a fire on 3 August caused by a leaking gas pipeline, according to local press reports.

The complex, located on Iran’s Gulf coast is includes a 60,000-tonne-a-year (t/y) high-density PE plant, two 50,000-t/y low-density PE plants and a 100,000-t/y PP plant. Production is mostly sold within Iran.

At least one person was killed in the fire and 15 others were injured. There was no indication when the plants would be restarted.

On 2 August, Kuwait’s Equate shut down production at its mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant for six weeks for repairs following a fire on 31 July.

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