Explosion Damages Part of Ammonia and Urea Plants

Plant section: Inside a broiler compressor house situated on the ground floor of the ammonia unit.

Equipment affected: Extensive damages to various units due to explosion.
Operation Phase during Event: Normal operation (assumption)

Hazard Type / Deviation: To be determined following the investigation

Failure Cause: Under Investigation

Failure Mode: To be determined following the investigation

Event Description: The second unit of a fertiliser plant on Sunday morning was shut down after a major explosion ripped through the ammonia urea factory. According to sources, the blast which is said to be caused by a technician glitch occurred inside a broiler compressor house situated on the ground floor of the unit at 4.21 am. The powerful explosion which could be heard at a 27-km radius destroyed several machineries and caused extensive damage to the fertiliser unit. The general secretary of the union said, “The blast occurred due to a technical glitch. Luckily no one was injured. If it had occurred during peak working hours then it could have been disastrous.” However, there were no casualties as the night-shift employees were working in other sections at that time. The unit had been shut down indefinitely following the incident.
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