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LyondellBasell's Wesseling LDPE Unit Rocked by Explosion

9:59 AM MST | January 23, 2012 | Lindsey Bewley

An explosion rocked one of LyondellBasell’s low-density polyethylene (LDPE) units at Wesseling, Germany over the weekend, affecting LDPE production. The blast injured seven workers at the site, and the unit remains partially shut, the company says. The site has two LDPE units with a total capacity to produce 430,000 m.t./year of LDPE.   The cause of the blast is currently unknown. “The incident was quickly brought under control by operations and the affected unit was safely shut down,” LyondellBasell says. “All other units at the...

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