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Fire Breaks out at Ineos Complex

1:41 PM MDT | April 2, 2008 | Chemical Week Editorial Staff

An ethylene leak caused a major fire at Ineos’s Cologne, Germany petrochemical complex on March 17. The leak occurred in the main ethylene pipeline at the complex, Ineos says. A nearby acrylonitrile stock tank also caught fire. About 600 firefighters fought the blaze and took more than nine hours to extinguish it. No injuries resulted from the accident, Ineos adds. Ineos’s 660,000-m.t./year Cologne ethylene plant was operating at reduced rates, estimated by local reports to be 60%-80% of capacity, at CW presstime. Operations at the rest of the Cologne...

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