MOSCOW (MRC) -- Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL) reported a massive fire at the petrochemical complex located in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, reported Apic-online.
A Polymerupdate source in India informed that a fire broke out on Sunday morning at around 11:30 AM at the complex. 12 fire tenders including the company's own tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames. The fire officials informed after preliminary investigations that the cause could have been a broken gas pipe as a result of which gas spread and a fire broke out.
As per reports received earlier today, the situation at the complex was brought under control on Sunday itself. Officials contacted at Haldia said that all plants at the complex were running normally as of this morning.
Located at Haldia in the eastern Indian state of west Bengal, the complex can produce 700,000 mt/year of ethylene and 350,000 mt/year of propylene and provides feedstock to a 330,000 mt/year high density PE plant, a 370,000 mt/year HDPE/linear low PE swing plant and a 350,000 mt/year polypropylene unit.
As MRC reported earlier, in July 2014, the manufacturing plant of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd was shut down after the naphtha cracker unit developed a technical snag. "The charge gas compressor of the naphtha cracker plant developed a snag and so the entire complex was shut down to attend to the problem," HPL managing director U K Bose said then. Bose also added the shutdown caused severe losses to the company.
Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd is a modern naphtha based petrochemical complex at Haldia, West Bengal, India. Haldia has played the role of a catalyst in emergence of more than 500 downstream processing industries in West Bengal with a capacity to process more than 3,50,000 TPA of polymers, among which are polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).