India: Plant Shutdown Massive Fire Breaks Out at Haldia Petrochemicals’ Naphtha Cracker Unit
The fire at Haldia Petrochemicals’ plant has been extinguished but it remains shut in order to identify the root cause of the fire and also to examine the extent of damage caused. Haldia Petrochemicals also has plans to form a committee to probe the incident.
Mumbai/India – On September 20, a major fire broke out at Haldia Petrochemicals’ naphtha cracker unit in West Bengal, India. The cause of the fire is still unknown although preliminary estimates suggest a gas leak. According to news reports, the petrochemical firm has shut down the plant in order to identify the root cause of the fire and also monitor the damage caused by the fire.
One of the largest petrochemical companies in India, Haldia Petrochemicals also has plans to form a committee comprising of internal and external experts to investigate the matter.
Sources mention that the shutdown was crucial when the plant was on fire so that the naphtha and other volatile materials do not enter the plant and further worsen the fire. The entire naptha in the plant has been drained out, states a report by Business Standard.
The incident left 13 people injured and another three in critical condition.