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Two people injured in oil tank explosion

May 21/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Fire crews worked to clear a fire at an oil storage container in the Galveston, Texas area after an explosion Tuesday, reported Hydrocarbonprocessing.

Local media reports the Galveston Fire Department was called to the Pelican Island Storage Terminal where two people were injured in a crude oil tank explosion.

Officials said it appeared welding was being done near or at the tank that holds 2 million gallons of heavy crude oil products.

The two people who were injured were transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment, according to city spokeswoman, Marissa Barnett.

A university located near the facility issued a shelter-in-place for anyone that was on campus.

It is not immediately known what caused the explosion.

We remind that as MRC wrote before, two major explosions and fire hit the TPC Group's Port Neches butadiene and raffinate petrochemical plant east of Houston, Texas, in late November 2019, injuring three workers. The site produces 20% of US butadiene, a raw material used in the production of synthetic rubbers and resins, according to a source familiar with company operations.

Butadiene is the main feedstock for the production of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS).

According to MRC's DataScope report, overall ABS imports to the Russian market increased in the first two months of 2020 by 8% year on year to 4,800 tonnes. This figure was at 4,500 tonnes in January-February 2019. February imports of material into the Russian Federation rose by 48% year on year to 2,500 tonnes from 2,700 tonnes a year earlier. Imports were 2,300 tonnes in January 2020.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PS, ABS, butadien, crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, TPC Group, Rossiya, USA.
Category:General News
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