Fire at IRPC'S Rayong refinery in Thailand damages petrochemical feedstock unit

A fire triggered by a gas leak and explosion at Thai refiner IRPC's petrochemical plant at Tumbon Choengoen in Rayong province of Thailand on 9 June has damaged petrochemical feedstock machinery.

IRPC said that the fire in a vacuum gas oil hydro treating unit (VGO/HT) might have been caused by the leakage of hydrocarbon substance.

VGO/HT unit provides feedstock to crackers mainly for propylene production.

The company has managed to isolate the damaged unit from other units and no injuries have been reported in relation to the incident.

"An investigation in to the incident is currently underway."

The refinery and petrochemical units have not been significantly affected and those surrounding the damaged areas have been temporarily shut down, IRPC said.

An investigation in to the incident is currently underway.

IRPC said that at this stage, it is expected that the overall production is unlikely to be substantially affected.

IRPC's Rayong facility has a total capacity of 215,000bpd, which represents 21% of the country's total refining capacity.

Thai oil and gas firm PTT holds 38.51% stake in the facility with other stakeholders, including the Government Savings Bank, Bangkok Bank and the Government Pension Fund.

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