Fire-Stricken Petchem Plant back in Service in 2-3 Wks

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said the Bu Ali Sina petrochemical refinery complex in the southwestern port city of Mahshahr will become operational again within the next few weeks, after an inferno raging at a tank in the plant went out early Saturday.

Zanganeh, who was in Mahshahr to handle the situation, told reporters on Saturday morning that while the factory is expected to reopen in the next two or three weeks, it will take more time to fix the Paraxylene tower unit.

The inferno went out in the wee hours of Saturday, after 57 hours of constant firefighting efforts failed to extinguish the huge blaze at a main tank filled with combustible fluid, Naphta.

After several rounds of futile attempt to put out the fire at the blazing tank, officials decided to discharge its content and let the remaining material burn itself out.

Zanganeh has already ruled out the possibility of any acts of sabotage or arson attack, saying the fire was a result of a technical failure.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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