Thursday, August 05, 2010

'Accidental' explosions are signals to IRAN

Iran produces around 50 million tons of petrochemical products per year, yet President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to develop nuclear energy. Ahmadinejad inaugurated the second phase of the Pardis Petrochemical Company plant last week (July 28th). Does Iran's recent energy safety record augur well for maintaining a nuclear power industry?
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The recent pattern of sloppy safety practices and poor emergency responses:
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ASSALOUYEH - August 5, 2010- TEHRAN TIMES A massive explosion at the Pardis Petrochemical Company plant in the southern port city of Assalouyeh caused a huge fire and killed five workers on Wednesday.

A ruptured gas pipe is reported to have been the cause of the explosion, sources told the Mehr News Agency. Welding sparks ignited the leaking gas and caused the explosion. The explosion and ensuing fire also damaged parts of the petrochemical plant... a unit of the Pardis Petrochemical Company plant was completely burnt down.
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TEHRAN, Aug. 5 (UPI) - Iranian authorities said workers sparked the explosion Wednesday while they were welding a pipeline at the Pardis petrochemical plant in Asalouyeh. ... In early July, Iranian firefighters extinguished a fire at an oil well in the western province of Kermanshah nearly 40 days after it started.
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A natural gas explosion at a rig in the Naftshahr field set balls of flames into the air in late May, killing three workers and leaving 12 others injured. The blaze at one point was consuming 8,000 barrels of oil per day.
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Provincial officials in southern Iran, meanwhile, blamed high pressure at the boiler at the petrochemical factory on the southern Iranian island of Kharg for causing a blaze that killed four people two weeks ago.

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Cryptic messages...
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What message should such sloppy accidents send to the world at large? Blame for Iran's foolish nuclear accidents will not be very surprising.
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What message should the sudden frequency of energy accidents send to Iran's leadership? Huge Iranian energy plant explosion coincides with bid on Ahmadinejad's life - DEBKAfile Hmmm!
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Submarines are always silent and strange.

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2 Comments:

At 05 August, 2010 19:12, Blogger Cookie..... said...

**Sigh**, remember back in the good old days of the original "Mission Impossible". Imanutjob woulda been long gone by now.

Hey amigo, got any quiz's coming up? I find your challenges...well...challenging. Makes me start rubbing some gray matter together. ;-)

 
At 05 August, 2010 20:22, Blogger Vigilis said...

Cookie, submarine mystery questions are almost a weekly posting at Molten Eagle. Can rarely promise excatly when, but stay tuned.

 

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