Fire at IRPC Refinery in Thailand

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 13 Jun 2014 09:24
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IRPC Public Company Limited (“the Company”) would like to inform you that there was a fire incident in a Vacuum Gas Oil Hydro Treating Unit (VGO/HT), which provides feedstock to crackers mainly for propylene production at the Company’s plant in Tumbon Choengoen, Rayong Province at 6.00 pm on 9 June 2014. Based on the preliminary investigation, this incident may have been caused by the leakage of hydrocarbon substance.

The Company has already managed to isolate the damaged unit from other units and contained the fire since 7.00 pm yesterday. At 8.20 pm on 9 June 2014, the fire was completely extinguished and no injuries have been reported in connection with the fire. With respect to the environmental impact of the fire, air quality monitoring mobile station has been promptly sent to investigate the air quality in the surrounding area. It has been reported that the air quality was not materially affected.

However, the Company shall continue to closely monitor the environmental impact of the fire. Today, a mobile medical unit will visit the local community to ensure healthy and safe community environments

Currently, the investigation of fire damage is being undertaken. Nonetheless, it is noted that most of refinery and petrochemical units have not been significantly affected. Only units surrounding the damaged areas were temporarily shut down. At this stage, it is envisaged that the overall production of the Company is unlikely to be substantially affected. The Company and the insurer are in the process of appraising the damage. The insurance will cover the damage up to USD 1,200 million. Further information will be reported in due course.

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