Explosion occurs at plant in Iran, injuries reported

Society Materials 19 December 2015 13:44 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 19

By Fatih Karimov- Trend:

At least two workers were injured in an explosion and subsequent fire at a petrochemical plant in the south-western Iranian province of Khuzestan.

The incident took place at the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit of the Maroun petrochemical complex, Dec. 19 morning, Iran's Fars agency reported.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.

In a similar incident in July 2015, a worker was killed at Maroun petrochemical complex.

The Maroun Petrochemical Company shared about 10 percent of Iran's petrochemical output, equal to 2.2 million tons during the first half of the current Iranian fiscal year, which started on March 21.

Maroun petrochemical plant's annual production capacity stands at 4.4 million tons of various petrochemical products including ethylene, ethylene glycol, polypropylene and high density polyethylene that are mainly exported to Asian markets.

China is the biggest customer of Maroun Petrochemical Company, buying mainly polymers.