Following a large explosion at the Sea Oil Petrochemical plant yesterday (November 29) the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has ordered that the factory close for a minimum of 30 days to improve safety measures.
The order for the factory to immediately close was given by Veerapong Chaiperm the governor of IEAT.
The order states that the factory must remain closed for a minimum of 30 days to fix and improve the affected areas as a result of the incident.
The explosion occurred at the factory which is located on the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Muang District in Chon Buri.
Reports state that the explosion occurred when a fuel oil was being unloaded from a tanker into a 40,000 litre tank at 1:30pm yesterday, after the explosion the tanker was completely consumed by flames.
20 fire trucks reportedly rushed to the site along with members of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation department in an effort to control the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the facility.
Four people were injured as a result of the blast as well as several vehicles damaged, thankfully no one was killed.
but it took over an hour to get the blaze under control during which time over 1,000 workers were evacuated from the site for safety reasons.
Source : ThaiPBS
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