Zibo, Shandong – An explosion on 22 August at an under-construction plant for HDI and 1,4-dicyanobutane in Zibo, Shandong province killed one person and injured nine, according to local government.
Plant construction started in August 2013, and has 100kT/year planned capacity for HDI and 300kT/year for 1,4-dicyanobutane. The explosion occurred during the trialing of its 100kT/year 1,4-dicyanobutane facility. The fire was put out the next day.
The facility is located at Zibo’s Huantai Economic and Technological Development Zone and run by Ruixing Chemical, an arm of Chinese conglomerate Ruixing Group.
Ruixing Chemical was set up in 2007 with RMB180m ($28m) registered capital and currently has 305 employees.
The project is a breakthrough in China’s HDI sector, building the country’s first HDI facility using own non-phosgene technology and also the country’s first 1,4-dicyanobutane facility, said Ruixing’s website.
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