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Indonesian steel plant blast kills one, injures six

18 December 2014

A December 15 explosion at Krakatau Posco’s steel plant in Cilegon, a city in Banten province on the island of Java, left seven workers injured, two critically according to local media. One of the latter later died in hospital, a Cilegon police spokesman said. Local residents said there was a loud blast followed by a large cloud of smoke rising from the plant. 

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A company spokeswoman  said the incident occurred when liquid iron was poured into a converter.

“According to our scene investigation, the preliminary conclusion is that the explosion was triggered by some water dropping when iron was poured into the converter, but we haven’t found the source of the water,” a spokesperson for the Manpower and Transmigration Agency of Cilegon said.

Krakatau Posco is a joint venture company between Krakatau Steel of Indonesia and Posco Korea, the sixth biggest steelmaker in the world.

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