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BASF shut its Ludwigshafen steam crackers following a fire

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team - content@chemorbis.com
  • 17/10/2016 (16:53)
A source from the German chemical major stated that BASF shut its Ludwigshafen steam crackers following a fire at the facility, according to media reports. The reason for the fire was unclear, but sources thought it might be due to an explosion that occurred at a storage tank. The company source added that they have also halted naphtha imports due to the shutdowns and will also be shutting the derivatives plants.

There are two steam crackers which have a total production capacity of 620,000 tons/year at the Ludwigshafen site of the company.

The reasons for the fire are not yet known. However, it is reported that the case is under investigation by the company’s fire department and the authorities. BASF’s spokesperson stated that several people were injured in the explosion, but they do not know how many or what type of injuries.
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