Tianjin, China — Emergency crews were attending Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) today, 36 hours after the initial chemical warehouse explosions
Cosmo Polyurethane Co’s RMB258m (c.$31m) PU foam and polyester polyols plant has operated in the industrial zone since 2005 and chemicals firm BASF has a PU systems house there.
Mechanical engineer Roy Keld suffered minor injuries as the second blast hit his home 2km away.
Keld, who said he hopes to return to his home in a few days, told the BBC: “Driving out of TEDA this morning we passed a long line of emergency vehicles going the other way.”
State-owned petroleum energy and chemicals company Sinopec Co Tianjin sent its fire prevention branch to the scene. Today, a company spokesman told Bloomberg its refinery near Tianjin was operating normally and the company “didn’t see any immediate impact to plant logistics.” Bloomberg also reported oil cargoes being barred from docking and disruptions to shipping and logistics companies.
Cosmo is a Mitsui Chemicals and Sinopec Tianjin Petrochemical jv, as Urethanes Technology magazine reported previously.
Read our earlier report on TDI in storage within the industrial area at utech-polyurethane.com.