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Mar 12, 2015

03:46:40 GMT--HAZMAT - Asia - Taiwan

EDIS Number: HZ-20150312-47282-TWN

Date / time: 12/03/2015 03:45:07 [UTC]


Area: Asia

Country: Taiwan

State/County: Fongshan District

Location: Kaohsiung

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A refinery in the Kaohsiung area owned by state-owned oil company CPC Corp. (??), Taiwan, reported leaks of propylene gas around noon Wednesday. Wu Yi-fang, head of CPC's Talin refinery, said a loose connector in the six-inch piping system transporting the colorless gas to its Linyuan plant caused the leak. But the plant took contingency measures to prevent a large volume of the propylene gas from leaking out, he said, estimating that it would take about two hours to clear any remaining gas from the pipe. To ensure safety, CPC and Kaohsiung's Environmental Protection Bureau were monitoring the flammability level of the gas at the scene and urged the public not to panic. Kaohsiung was the scene of a deadly propylene gas explosion involving another chemical company on July 31, 2014 that killed 32 and injured more than 300.

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