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Two workers killed in Spanish biodiesel factory blast

07 February 2016

Two workers were killed and a third was seriously injured in an explosion at a biodiesel plant in eastern Spain on January 6, regional emergency services said. The explosion took place at the Biocom Energia plant in Algemesi, around 30 kilometres (18 miles) south of Valencia. The injured worker, who suffered 80% burns, was evacuated by helicopter to hospital in Valencia.

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The victims were maintenance workers carrying out welding work on an empty tank, according to El Pais. The initial hypothesis as to the cause of the explosion is that the welding ignited gases inside the tank that was being worked on.

Two inspectors of the Valencian Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INVASSAT) have begun inquiries into the incident.

Biocom Energia has a production capacity of 110,000 tons of biodiesel a year.

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