Crisis Committee Probes Causes of Bistoon Petchem Fire

Crisis Committee Probes Causes of Bistoon Petchem Fire
TEHRAN (NIPNA) -- Senior petrochemical executives have got together in Kermanshah Province on Friday to probe into the causes of a blaze that gripped Bistoon Petrochemical Company’s storage tank.

Officials from National Petrochemical Company (NPC) and petrochemical facilities in Kermanshah Province as well as members of the Crisis Headquarters are in the committee to consider the causes of the inferno.

Foam spraying operations began hours after the fire began at the facility Friday afternoon. 

Fire broke out in the tank following electricity failure at the facility’s storage tank.

This is the second petrochemical accident in Iran since last month. The previous incident was a fire which took over Bou Ali Sina Petrochemical Plant at the heart of Mahshahr Petrochemical Complex in the south-western province of Khouzestan. 

The Bistoon fire was contained Friday night and the causes of the incident will be officially announced shortly after the fired is fully controlled. Earlier it was said that the fire was caused by electricity failure at the facility’s storage tank. 

Head of the Safety and Firefighting Department of National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Narimannejad had said on Friday that fire in the facility would be put off completely thanks to timely and full presence of the relief and safety workers.

Narimannejad provided assurances that the fire would not pose any threat to other sections of the company.

Bistoon Petrochemical Company manufactures and markets chemicals and petrochemicals including linear alkyl benzene and heavy alkylate. The company also constructs and operates plants for production of petrochemicals. It lies on Karbala Highway and in the vicinity of Kagieh village, 15kms east of Kermanshah. 

Governor of Kermanshah Province Fazlollah Ranjbar also said on Friday that relief workers were in efforts to prevent spread of fire in one of the storage tanks of Bistoon Petrochemical Company of Kermanshah to other storage tanks of the facility.

Deputy Head of the Islamic Republic Red Crescent Society (RCS) for Relief and Rescue Affairs Jahangir Pour-Hassan told IRNA that 50 of the RCS relief workers were involved in fire extinguishing operations.

Pour-Hassan said a RCS helicopter was prepared for rescue operations and it would be used if necessary.

Aug 13, 2016 10:54
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