Friday, 6 August 2010
Five killed at Pardis Petrochemical Company, Iran
Five people have died on Wednesday (4th August) in an explosion at the Pardis Petrochemical Company, in the southern port city of Assalouyeh. The incident occurred when a ruptured gas pipe was being welded, the sparks ignited the leaking gas and caused the explosion.
"Due to the explosion at the Pardis petrochemical plant some five people died and two others were injured," said Iranian state television's website.
According to a senior manager of the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone the incident occurred at about 2 pm local time, and was quickly extinguished by fire-fighters. The explosion and ensuing fire caused some damage to the petrochemical plant.
Iranian news agency, Mehr, reported that the second phase of the Pardis petrochemical complex, which produces urea and ammonia, was inaugurated last week in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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