Lightning strike destroys major LPG plant in Rayong

Friday, 30 August 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By  Patcharapol Panrak

A lightning strike at a Rayong liquid petroleum gas plant destroyed a major gas-separation facility, creating a nationwide fuel shortage for up to five months.

PTT Plc said its fifth gas-separation plant at its Maptaput complex was knocked out by the Aug. 15 lightning strike, forcing it to cut back industrial LPG supplies and import gas for three to five months while repairs are completed.

A lightning strike at PTT Plc’s gas-separation plant in Maptaput is causing a nationwide LPG shortage.A lightning strike at PTT Plc’s gas-separation plant in Maptaput is causing a nationwide LPG shortage.

Capacity at the PTT plant accounts for 25 percent of the 300,000 tons of LPG produced in Thailand. Supplies are expected to be cut 75,000 tons a month.

To make up the shortfall, PTT will be forced to import 40,000 tons of gas and cut redistribute another 30,000 tons from industrial customers to residential neighborhoods.

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