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India HCPL Visakh Refinery FCC shut – Fire/Explosion Toll rises 17 with 34 injured

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    Two News items 8/23 & 8/29

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    India refinery partly shut (FCC) after fire, one dead
    NEW DELHI (Reuters 8/23/2013) – India’s Hindustan Petroleum Corp has shut part of its 166,000 barrel per day (bpd) Vizag refinery after a fire in the cooling tower, which killed one person and injured 33 others.
    A company source on Friday said the firm closed a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) and a gasoline unit at the refinery, which sends most of its petroleum products to domestic markets.
    “We have shut some of the secondary processing units as a precautionary measure because there will be a shortage of cooling water,” said this source, who is not authorized to speak to the media.
    “There was a fire in the cooling tower. It has been contained and has not spread to other areas,” HPCL Chairman S. Roy Choudhury said, adding the extent of the damage and impact on production was not immediately known.
    One person was killed and 33 injured in the fire, said police inspector Ranganadh from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    Friday’s blaze is the second major fire at the plant in three months. The 60,000 bpd crude unit at Vizag was halted on May 16 after a fire on a pipeline attached to the unit.
    Apart from its Vizag refinery in southern India, HPCL also operates a 130,000 bpd plant in western Maharashtra state. It also has a stake in the 180,000 bpd Bathinda refinery in northern India, which is operated by Hindustan-Mittal Energy Ltd, part-owned by LN Mittal.
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    Vizag refinery blast toll rises to 17

     Hyderabad, Aug 29, 2013 (IANS) The toll in last week’s blast at the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) refinery in Visakhapatnam rose to 17 with three more injured succumbing to burns Thursday, an official said.
    With this, six injured have lost the battle for life at three different private hospitals during the last two days.
    Eight people were killed and 34 injured in the fire caused by the huge blast in the cooling tower which was under construction in the refinery’s diesel hydro sulphurisation expansion project.
    Nineteen injured are still undergoing treatment at various hospitals in the coastal city while eight were airlifted to Mumbai for treatment.
    The HPCL authorities Wednesday handed over a cheque of Rs.2 crore to district collector for handing over Rs.20 lakh each to the kin of 10 contract workers. HPCL has announced Rs.1 crore compensation for its executive killed in the mishap.
    The compensation for six workers who succumbed during last two days will be handed over later.
    Meanwhile, the work is on at brisk pace to clear debris from the mishap site. HPCL officials hope to complete the work in a week. Fire safety expert Ian Thorpe also inspected the blast site Wednesday. He will review the entire safety mechanism and submit a report.
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