An explosion at an Indian Petrochemicals Corp Ltd. plant in Raigad, India, killed two people and injured more than 30. The explosion occurred while repair work was being carried out in one of the units where inflammable chemicals and materials were stored. The police are investigating to determine the cause of the explosion. Immediately after the explosion, the plant was shutdown and not opened until after maintenance work was completed.
Sasol is bringing new capacity on line and restructuring capacity in some of its operations for alcohol production. They have commenced commercial production at a new 60,000 tons/year oleochemical-based alcohols plant in Lianyangang, China. In addition, about 65,000 tons/year of oxo-alcohol capacity at the Augusta, Italy plant will be idled for an indefinite period of time. This is about one-half of that plant’s capacity.
SK Energy has signed a framework agreement with Sinopec to construct an 800,000 tons/year ethylene plant and additional downstream facilities in Wuhan, China. More details will be available once the joint venture agreement is confirmed. SK’s tentative stake in the joint venture is 35%.
Gas leak panel
India will set up a panel to help victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas leak, which killed more than 15,000 people. The panel will focus on the medical, economic, social and environmental rehabilitation of the victims.
Emirates Float Glass LLC will add a second production facility to expand its capacity by an additional 600 tons/day. The company says this will help to enhance their operational performance by delivering scalability and flexibility.
New filling stations
Oman Oil Marketing Company has opened three new filling stations across the Sultanate in Awgad Salalah, Samail and Sur Al Hadid. The company plans to continue its growth this year, including refurbishing old filling stations.
Honeywell has a multi-year distribution agreement with Loba Chemie. Under the agreement, Loba Chemie will distribute Honeywell’s high-purity solvents to India’s growing pharmaceutical sector. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.