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Three killed in Thailand ethanol plant blast

13 September 2016

Three workers were killed in an explosion at an ethanol factory in Khon Kaen, eastern Thailand, on September 12. The explosion, at a Thai Ethanol Power facility, was triggered by sparks from a welding torch being used to fix the lid of a ruptured bio-gas tank inside the factory, according to an initial police investigation.

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Police found two dead bodies on the factory floor near the bio-gas tank, which was connected to the wastewater treatment tank to get gas for the electricity-generating system. Another body was found on top of the 18-metre-high bio-gas tank.

According to The Nation, production manager Theerawat Saekuay said the company had hired a contractor to repair the 8,000-litre wastewater treatment system. He said the damage was limited to one tank and that factory executives would meet to discuss the incident.

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