Iran and German IBS to sign MoU on safety
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 13
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
The National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) and Germany's IBS company will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on health, safety, and environmental (HSE) performances.
The MoU is aimed at improving the Iranian gas industry's performance on health, safety, and environmental issues.
Mohammadreza Yousefipour, an Iranian gas official, told Mehr news agency Nov. 13 that the gas industry was a risky sector and any incident would be costly.
He further added that most of the incidents in the gas industry occurred because human resources had not observed safety codes. As such, the company has decided to improve its HSE indicators in the gas industry.
In late August, a member of the crew at Iran's Arvand Petrochemical Complex died and another was poisoned after gas leaked into a section of the facility.
On May 9, a huge fire broke out in phases 15 and 16 of Iran's South Pars gas field, though the incident did not claim any lives.
An early May report suggests that at least five people were injured in a gas leak incident at Shazand Refinery in Iran's central city of Arak.
Shazand Refinery has experienced several incidents so far. Last November, two people were severely injured in a fire that occurred at the Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) unit of the refinery.
The fire was caused by oil products leaking into the discharge point of the refinery's main tower.
The refinery's RFCC unit went offline several times due to technical problems last year as well. During the downtime, the refinery's Euro 4 gasoline production dropped by 8-9 million liters per day, nearly half of its usual production.