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Explosion at Williams’s Geismar cracker kills one, injures 73

12:16 PM MDT | June 14, 2013

A large propylene explosion and fire at Williams’ Geismar, LA, olefins plant Thursday morning has left 73 people injured and one dead, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said during a press conference Thursday afternoon. Initial reports incorrectly identified the source of the explosion as ethylene, according to a state official. Williams' cracker at Geismar has ethylene capacity of 646,000 m.t./year and coproduct propylene capacity of 43,000 m.t./year, according to IHS Chemical. An ongoing $450–500-million expansion project will increase ethylene capacity by...

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