9 July 2016 - 12:54
  • News Code: 264510
NPC Chief Upbeat about Blaze Containment

TEHRAN, July 09 (Shana) – Managing director of National Petrochemical Company (NPC) hailed firefighting teams who curbed a raging blaze that hit the para-xylene unit of Bou Ali Petrochemical Plant in southwestern Iran.

Marziyeh Shahdaei, who is also deputy petroleum minister in petrochemical affairs, told Shana that lessons must be learned from the incident given the fact that such accidents do take place in petrochemical sites.

"We must make every effort minimize such accidents in petrochemical facilities in the country," she added. 

She also praised all the relief workers and firefighters who helped control the blaze which took over the facility on Wednesday.
No casualties have been reported since the fire first started. 

The petrochemical plant is affiliated with Iranian state-owned National Petrochemical Company (NPC) but is owned by the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC).

The fire has been most likely caused by the paraxylene, a highly flammable hydrocarbon, leakage. Fire fighters extinguished the fire but the blaze re-erupted later in the day.

Firefighting teams from Khouzestan province as well as the neighboring provinces finally extinguished the blaze on Friday and managed to prevent it from spreading to the nearby tanks of petrochemical products.

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