Blast at South Korea's Lotte Chemical shuts naphtha cracker; injures 31 people

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  • Wednesday, 04 Mar 2020

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's Lotte Chemical <011170.KS> has shut its naphtha cracker after an explosion at the plant in the southwestern city of Seosan, which injured 31 people, the company said on Wednesday.

The explosion, which was triggered by a fire at a compressor in Lotte Chemical's naphtha cracker at around 3 a.m. local time (1800 GMT), has been contained and is under control, the company said in a statement.

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