TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Economics Vice Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍) yesterday told a press conference in Taipei that the 260 tons of propene that remain in the pipes of the China Petrochemical Development Corp. (CPDC, 中石化) in Kaohsiung will be vented completely by this morning at the latest.
Duh said he will invite domestic experts and 40 local petrochemical companies to participate in a meeting on Monday afternoon to confirm the underground pipeline map of the port city.
Explaining the measures to vent the 260 tons of propene, Duh said the propene will be extracted from the input point and will also be vented from the output point and then handled by a gas flare - a gas combustion device. Duh further said that nitrogen gas will be put into the pipes to ensure that all propene has been removed.
The vice minister went on to say that the state-owned gasoline supplier CPC Corp. has already filled its pipelines with nitrogen to ensure that they contain is no residual propene.
The Kaohsiung City Government demanded that private petrochemical firm LCY Chemical Corp. (李長榮化學工業) check whether there is any propene remaining in its pipelines, Duh said, adding that the Central Emergency Operation Center also requested that CPC assist LCY to ensure that all propene has been removed.
Aside from the pipelines, Duh said the Environmental Protection Administration has dispatched personnel to Kaohsiung to assist the local government with air pollution monitoring.
When asked if any local petrochemical companies have been fined by the government over the gas explosions, Duh said the issue is under the Kaohsiung City Government's jurisdiction.