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LCY Chemical ordered to halt one Kaohsiung plant operation
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-08 08:30 PM

After an announcement of a four-day voluntary operation suspension at LCY Chemical Corporation's Dashe plant in Kaohsiung on Tuesday, LCY Chemical was ordered to continue the suspension Friday until the competent authority of the municipality completes review of and approves its safety improvement plan.

Tseng Wen-sheng, head of Kaohsiung City's Economic Development Bureau, said that LCY Chemical's Dashe plant should be suspended in order to conduct a thorough review of its production facility and pipeline network. Tseng said the bureau will follow the precedent set by the Ministry of Economic Affairs which ordered the shutdown of petrochemical plants of the Formosa Plastics Group in Yunlin in the wake of a petrochemical complex blaze in 2011.

Tseng noted that, although the pipeline that leaked propylene and likely triggered the explosions was not within LCY Chemical's Dashe plant, it should be considered an extension of the plant and fall under its safety management.

One of LCY's pipelines used to transport propylene is believed to be the cause of the July 31 explosions, which killed 30 and injured more than 300 and left open trenches along the pipeline's route in downtown Kaohsiung.

LCY Chemical responded that it would cooperate with the city government's order to inspect its production facility and improve the management of the pipelines both inside and outside the plant used to transport its raw materials.

LCY Chemical’s Dashe plant, which produces polypropylene with an annual production of 400,000 tons, is one of four production facilities LCY Chemical has in Kaohsiung.

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