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Government orders operator to partially halt Taiwan refinery after blast and fire

14 March 2018

Taiwan’s government has ordered state-run refiner CPC Corp to partially suspend operations at a refinery in the southern city of Kaohsiung after an explosion and fire on March 10 injured three workers. CPC said it would resume full production at the plant by end-March after a review by the government.

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Three days after the incident, the injured workers remained in intensive care. The three contract maintenance workers suffered burns over up to 60% of their bodies, according to Kaohsiung City's Labor Affairs Bureau.

The company said total damage and the exact reason for the fire were still under investigation. It was fined by authorities in Kaohsiung after the incident.

In August 2012, three people suffered burns during a gas explosion while doing maintenance work on equipment at the same refinery.

CPC’s diesel output was hit in January after an explosion at a refinery in the northwestern city of Taoyuan.

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