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Blaze at Petronas gas processing plant in Malaysia kills one, injures 35

16 May 2012

A worker was killed and many others were injured on May 9 in a blaze at a Petronas gas processing plant at Kertih in Malaysia's Terengganu state, the state- owned oil giant said in a statement. Petronas Gas Berhad said the deceased, 31-year-old Rosli Mansor, was servicing the plant in Complex A under a scheduled maintenance shutdown when the fire broke out.

The Petronas site at Kertih, Malaysia
The Petronas site at Kertih, Malaysia

Most of the injured were contractors of maintenance consortium Hyndai PFCE, according to Xinhua. Petronas said its operations and gas supply to the peninsula's gas pipeline network were not affected.

Malaysian daily The Star quoted a witness as saying thick smoke billowed from the plant after two explosions. On May 15, the online version of the newspaper said Malaysian Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam visited 35 workers who were injured in the incident.

Both the Kertih fire department and Petronas said investigations were ongoing, and that the cause of the accident was as yet unknown.

In December 2011, four contract workers sustained multiple injuries after a fire broke out at the Kertih site.

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