5 injured in 3-hour blaze: Fire forces Gokongweis to shut down JG Summit naphtha cracker plant in Batangas

Firemen took nearly three hours to put out a fire which broke out at the JG Summit Petrochemical Complex in Batangas City Saturday evening, September 26.

JG Summit said the incident occurred at a containment basin near the pier area, and did not spread to the main manufacturing sites.

Workers at the area, composed of JGSPG employees and third-party contractors, were immediately evacuated.

Five workers were injured due to the incident and were taken to Jesus of Nazareth Hospital in Batangas City for treatment. Three (3) of those injured, all third-party contractors, have been admitted for 2nd degree burn injuries. “To date, there are no reported casualties attributable to the fire and JGSPG continues to monitor the condition of all those injured by the incident,” said JG Summit.

JG Summit and the Bureau of Fire Protection are currently conducting a joint investigation to identify the root cause of the incident.

It has temporarily suspended operations of the naphtha cracker and projects construction adjacent to the site of the incident for damage assessment.

But its polymer plants and their projects-related construction at those areas within the complex that were unaffected by the incident have continued operations.

“Efforts are now also focused on safely resuming naphtha cracker operations and the projects construction work adjacent to the site of the incident towards the latter part of the week,” said JG Summit.

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