Small fire at Braskem's PP plant in Pennsylvania sends 2 to hospital

Houston (Platts)--9Oct2013/429 pm EDT/2029 GMT


An early-morning fire in a feedstock unloading area at Braskem America's polypropylene plant in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, sent two truck drivers to the hospital, including one in critical condition, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Braskem spokeswoman Susan Denby declined comment on the plant's operational status following the fire.

The incident occurred around 1:30 am EDT at the facility's propylene truck unloading area, when a burst of the olefin from a truck being unloaded caused another truck's engine to catch fire, the Delaware County Daily Times reported on its online editions. The fire was quickly extinguished.

Denby confirmed the newspaper's account.

One of the injured was treated and released, while the other was admitted to the burn unit in critical but stable condition.

Braskem America's Marcus Hook plant has a production capacity of 350,000 mt/year of polypropylene, including homopolymer, random and impact co-polymer grades.

--Bernardo Fallas, bernardo.fallas@platts.com --Edited by Derek Sands, derek.sands@platts.com




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