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Explosions and fire at petrochemical plant in eastern Thailand kill 12

May 10/2012
(article.wn) -- Bangkok Synthetics Co Ltd (BST) and its affiliate BST Elastomers have declared force majeures on overall production in Map Ta Phut, Thailand, following a fatal explosion and fire on 5 May that damaged some of their plants at the site.

Officials say explosions and a fire at one of the world"s largest petrochemical industrial estates have killed 12 people and injured more than 100 others in eastern Thailand.

The blasts Saturday forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 people living near Map Ta Phut industrial estate, Thailand"s largest industrial park. The park is in Rayong province, 180 kilometres (110 miles) southeast of Bangkok.

Rayong Gov. Seni Jittakasem says authorities are investigating the cause of the explosions, which occurred when workers were cleaning a chemical tank at a Bangkok Synthetics plant, a synthetic rubber manufacturer.

BST Elastomers Company Limited produces synthetic rubbers for automobile tyres, automobile parts, shoe soles, sporting goods, and other rubber products.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:car components, Medicine, packaging.
Category:General News
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