MOSCOW (MRC) -- South Korean authorities have ordered workers off one of petrochemical company Yeochun NCC’s (YNCC) naphtha crackers in the city of Yeosu after a blast killed four people and injured four, said Reuters.
The incident at YNCC’s third plant in Yeosu comes as businesses brace for greater scrutiny under a new South Korean law punishing management for incidents involving worker death.
The regional office of South Korea’s labour ministry told Reuters that the ministry ordered workers to halt work at the entire third plant.
As per MRC, South Korea's Yeochun Naphtha Cracking Center (YNCC), a major petrochemical producer in the country, increased capacity at Yeosu Cracking Unit No. 2 on December 23 (South Korea). The capacity of this cracker with a capacity of 915,000 tonnes of ethylene and 590,000 tonnes of propylene per year was reduced on December 20 due to a technical breakdown.
Yeochun Naphtha Cracking Center (YNCC) operates the naphtha cracker. The company pyrolyzes naphtha to produce key feedstocks for the petrochemical industry. YNCC products include ethylene, propylene, propane, C4 blend, pyrolysis gasoline, hydrogen, benzene, toluene, xylene, cyclo-pentane, styrene monomer, butadiene, ethylene, benzene, MTBE, butene-1, isobutene, isobutane, n-butane etc. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.