BERLIN — An explosion Tuesday at a significant pure fuel facility close to Austria’s border with Slovakia left one particular person useless and 21 injured, and triggered some fuel move disruptions to different nations, authorities mentioned.
One particular person was significantly injured and 20 others barely damage within the morning blast on the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, police mentioned. Nobody was in a life-threatening situation. The ability’s operator mentioned all of the victims have been Austrian.
The explosion set off a hearth, which operator Fuel Join mentioned was rapidly contained and fully extinguished by mid-afternoon. The ability was “shut down in a managed state and is offline,” the corporate mentioned.
Police wrote on Twitter that the explosion was triggered by a “technical trigger,” however did not elaborate and mentioned that native authorities are investigating. Fuel Join mentioned it additionally suspects an unspecified technical fault.
Fuel Join describes the Baumgarten plant, the place pipelines bringing fuel from Russia, Norway and different nations join and fuel is compressed and cooled, as one in every of Europe’s most necessary fuel provide hubs.
“Austria’s pure fuel provide may be coated for the foreseeable future,” the corporate mentioned on its web site. Nonetheless, “transit by Austria to the south and southeast areas is at present negatively impacted,” it added.
Neighboring Italy’s Financial Growth Ministry declared an emergency after the explosion interrupted the move of pure fuel to the nation, however mentioned Italy’s provide of fuel can be ensured by present stockpiles.
Italy’s SNAM pure fuel transport community mentioned flows might resume in the midst of the day whether it is confirmed that no transport infrastructure was broken.
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