MOSCOW (MRC) -- A huge explosion and fire destroyed Taiwanese-owned Ming Dih's expandable polystyrene (EPS) plant in Samut Prakan, Thailand and caused extensive damage to surrounding communities in Bang Phli district early Monday morning, reported Bangkok Post.
The explosion occurred at about 2.50am at the plant, which produces 50,000 mt/year of EPS. There were five or six warehouses in the factory compound, where 50 tonnes of chemicals were stored.
The explosion was followed by a massive fire which engulfed the entire factory and caused extensive damage to buildings and houses within in a one-kilometre radius.
More than 30 fire engines rushed to the scene. One rescuer was killed and more than 60 people injured in an overnight explosion and fire at a chemical factory that continued to send black smoke into the sky in Samut Prakan late into Monday afternoon.
Thus, rescue foundations reported one of their firefighters was killed by the fire and 12 others were injured. Fifty other people were also hurt.
The fire was initially believed to have been brought under control around dawn, but smoke continued to rise above the gutted ruins.
Ming Dih operates a 180,000 mt/year unit in Taiwan, a 100,000 mtyear unit in China and a 50,000 mtyear unit in Thailand.
As MRC informed before, Ming Dih Group expanded its EPS plant in Thailand in the third quarter of 2014. The expansion lifted the plant’s capacity by 10,000 mt/year to 50,000 mt/year.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, May EPS imports into Russia were 1,520 tonnes versus 1,060 tonnes a month earlier and 1,040 tonnes in May 2020. EPS imports into the country grew by 4% year on year in January-May 2021: from 6,300 tonnes to 6,600 tonnes. Styrochem's imports increased over the stated period by 9% year on year: from 2,700 tonnes to 2,900 tonnes. Deliveries of Chinese EPS were reduced by more than three times: from 1,610 tonnes to 470 tonnes.