13 July 2016 - 10:21
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Parliament Committee Assessing Causes of Petchem Inferno

TEHRAN, July 13 (Shana) –The spokesman of the parliament's energy committee said assessments are still on the go for finding causes of a massive blaze that gripped Bou Ali Sina Petrochemical Plant last week, causing millions of Euros in losses.

Speaking to Shana, Asadollah Ghareh Khani said the committee gathered on Tuesday evening to discuss causes of the incident with senior executives from the petrochemical industry at the parliament.

"This accident was a warning for other petrochemical facilities and refineries across the country for being more careful with safety measure," he said.

Managing Director of National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Marziyeh Shahdaei was also present in the session and offered explanations about the incident and how it was contained after three days.

Khani further said assessments are still continuing and the definitive results of their considerations regarding causes of the fire will be announced as soon as they are ascertained.

No casualties were reported in the fire which first started on Wednesday. 

After the fire was contained early on Saturday, word went out that other storage tanks at the plant are having leakages which was dismissed outright by the safety and firefighting director of the plant. 

Bou Ali Sina Petrochemical Plant, having been developed with an investment of €485m, is affiliated with Iranian state-owned National Petrochemical Company (NPC). It is also a subsidiary of Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC).

The fire is believed to have been caused by the paraxylene, a highly flammable hydrocarbon, leakage. Fire fighters extinguished the fire the same day it started 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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