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Chemical warehouse explodes in Tianjin, China

by ChemOrbis Editorial Team -
  • 13/08/2015 (11:37)
According to local media sources, two explosions occurred at a warehouse owned by Ruihai Logistics in the busy port city of Tianjin, China. Media reports stated that at least 44 people lost their lives in the explosion while over 500 were injured.

According to traders in Tianjin, the explosions didn’t have a large negative impact on polymer production. One of the PE producers in the city, Tianjin United, with a production capacity of 120,000 tons/year of LLDPE, is located 6 kilometers away from the explosion. The other PE producer in Tianjin, Sinopec Tianjin, with a production capacity of 300,000 tons/year of LLDPE and 300,000 tons of LDPE, is located 35 kilometers way from the warehouse. Both producers reported that the explosions had no major impact on their output.

Meanwhile, there are two PP producers near Tianjin, both of which reported no major impact from the explosions on their PP production. Tianjin Petrochemical has a production capacity of 60,000 tons/year of homo PP while the other PP producer, Sinopec Tianjin, is able produce 450,000 tons/year of PP.

PVC producer Tianjin Dagu, meanwhile, reported that their production and transportation were not affected by the incident.

However, players reported logistics and transport through Tianjin, a major logistical hub in northern China, has been disrupted by the blasts.
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