Explosion occurs at plant in Iran, injuries reported

Chemical Plant Explosion - Baku, Azerbaijan

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At least two workers were injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at a petrochemical plant in the south-western Iranian province of Khuzestan.

The incident took place at the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit of the Maroun petrochemical complex, December 19 morning, Iran’s Fars agency reported.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. More details about the reasons and damages have not yet been disclosed.

In a similar incident in July 2015, a worker was killed at Maroun petrochemical complex. The Maroun Petrochemical Complex is located in southwestern Khuzestan province with an annual production capacity of 1.1 million tons of polyethylene.

The Maroun Petrochemical Company shared about 10 percent of Iran’s petrochemical output, equal to 2.2 million tons during the first half of the current Iranian fiscal year, which started on March 21.

Maroun petrochemical plant’s annual production capacity stands at 4.4 million tons of various petrochemical products including ethylene, ethylene glycol, polypropylene and high density polyethylene that are mainly exported to Asian markets.

China is the biggest customer of Maroun Petrochemical Company, buying mainly polymers.


Three (3) wounded in pertochemical company blast

Explosion in a Petrochemical company in the southwestern city of Mahshahr injured three workers on Friday night (December 18, 2015).

The blast occurred in one of the department of Maroun Petrochemical Company in Mahshahr, a local official told IRNA on Saturday morning.

According to Governor of Mahshahr Mansour Ghamar, the explosion was extinguished within hours and the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital.

This is the second explosion at the same department in Maroun Petrochemical Company during the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21, 2015).

A worker lost his life in the first blast, said the governor.

Ghamar added that investigation is underway to find out the cause of the explosion.

Maroun is one of the 21 petrochemical companies in Mahshahr.