IEAT: Chemical plant explosion in Map Ta Phut does not affect neighboring factories


BANGKOK, 13 May 2012 – Structures of other main buildings nearby the petrochemical factory in Map Ta Phut which exploded last week, are unaffected. 

Following a forensic inspection at the six subsidiary factories located near the Bangkok Synthetics Co (BST), Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) Governor Veerapong Chaiperm revealed that the building structures of the nearby plants were not affected.

Other systems including safety, electricity, ventilation, product conveyance, and air pollution control have been reported to be operating normally. However, the explosion has caused some damages to ceilings, roofs, doors, windows, and mirrors.

As for the chemical leakage and contamination at Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) factory in the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate last Sunday, the IEAT reported that it was due to a problem in the chlorine control valve of the hydrochloric production unit. The leakage was stopped in time before it spread.