Director of KazGPP on Plant Fire: No Leak of Chemicals
Nakbergen Tulepov, Director of Kazakh Gas Processing Plant LLP, commented on the fire at the enterprise, which had occurred on Wednesday, 16 June.
"Yesterday at 22:15 local time, an air cooling apparatus in the compressor shop caught fire. We took immediate measures to contain and extinguish the fire. Gas intake was stopped and the plant underwent complete emergency shutdown. Our own fire brigades and emergency department forces were deployed to put out the fire. At 22:52, the fire was completely extinguished. Fortunately, there are no victims or injured," said Mr. Tulepov.
According to him, at 23:30 the technicians began to launch the plant in the limited mode. Currently, the plant's workload is about 30 percent. Recovery work continues to bring it to the full capacity.
Mr. Tulepov also noted that it was only the supporting structure of the air cooling apparatus that was damaged as a result of the fire. The main equipment was not damaged.
In addition, KazGPP’s Director denied the rumours circulating in social networks about a leak of chemicals during the incident. He stressed that there was no cause for concern.
"This equipment is used to cool the raw gas using the air-water method, that is, with ordinary water and air. The equipment does not use any chemicals. Therefore, I can tell with all responsibility that there is no threat to lives and health of both the personnel and the local community," assured Mr. Tulepov.
In his opinion, the plant's operation will be fully recovered in the nearest future and no failures in supply of liquefied petroleum gas are expected.