Friday, January 17, 2020

Spanish ethylene oxide plant explosion kills 3

Reactor part crashed through an apartment in Spain
credit: Mossos/BBC
Bad news from the chemical manufacturing world from Spain:
MADRID (AP) — A massive explosion at a petrochemical plant in northeastern Spain on Tuesday killed one person and injured at least nine others, three seriously, regional authorities said. 
A press spokesman for the port city of Tarragona, where the plant is located, said a preliminary investigation indicated the force of the blast killed an individual in a nearby neighborhood. 
The spokesman said he had no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with City Hall regulations. The regional fire service tweeted that the man had died in a building affected by the blast. They said one other person was injured in the building. 
The interior minister of Spain’s Catalonia region said eight workers at the factory were injured, three seriously, and one person remained missing....
The video of the explosion is pretty horrifying, and the aftermath of the plant blast is awful. As someone who works in a plant environment, I am particularly haunted by the photograph above, which is a part of a reactor who killed a man in his apartment 3 kilometers away. We work in a dangerous business. Best wishes to all involved. 


  1. 1) 3 km away? Ouch. At least the Cylinder Kings only put their cylinder 0.5 km away.

    2) You seem to get spammed like crazy. Does everyone who blogs have this problem?

  2. I worked in support of an EO plant which made glycol ethers. The reactor was once described to me as "a controlled explosion".


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