April 26, 2012
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
On April 22 (2:15am), a tragic explosion and fire occurred at Mitsui Chemicals' Iwakuni-Ohtake Works claiming the life of one employee and injuring persons from the local community and Works employees.
Mitsui Chemicals extends heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased and sincerest apologies to all who are suffering today, the injured, the residents of the local community, and all other persons affected by this tragic event. We recognize the gravity of this accident and deeply regret the suffering and concern it has caused.
Information update: (April 26, 13:00): (changes are in bold print)
The Company will issue updates as information becomes available.
Please refer to April 25 news release.
1 dead, 21 injured (details as follows)
|Community residents||10 injured|
|JX Nippon Oil & Energy|
cooperating company employees
|Mitsui Chemicals employees||1 dead, 7 injured (2 seriously)|
|Cooperating company employees||2 injured|
|Community buildings/homes||482 (no change from April 25 13:00 report)|
There is no report of leakage of hazardous substances or materials at this time.
Premises warehouses store catalyst waste which includes radioactive material. This material is stored in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Storage facilities are over 500 meters from the affected area and there has been no report of changes in either containers or radiation measurements as compared with those prior to the accident.
From April 22, approximately 300 Mitsui Chemicals employees visited the 6984 families living in the area adjacent to the Iwakuni-Ohtake Works to apologize on behalf of the Company and confirm damages.
The Company continues to lend out plastic sheet coverings, arrange accommodations, and undertake repair work to damaged property. The Company will continue to respond to needs of persons affected by this accident.
Damage to all 29 plants is as follows:
|a. Substantial damage||2 plants||Iwakuni area: RS, CY|
|b. Damage to exterior slate, glass, etc. (details unknown)||15 plants||Iwakuni area: MPCR, HQ, 3GT, 1PET, 2PET, LC, 2LC, TPX, HM, 2HM, WAX, NWAX, PR, AFR, boilers|
|c. Damage to exterior slate, glass, etc. with no damage to installations||1 plant||Ohtake area: MIP|
|d. No damage||11 plants||Ohtake area: 1PZ, 2PZ, MC, BK, AL, Pellicles, MDP, OTY, 1MO, 2MO, H|
For explanation of abbreviations, please refer to the attachment.
Of all 29 plants, 2 plants are in operation.
Operations at the 1MO plant in the Ohtake area were not suspended.
Operations at the MIP plant in the Ohtake area have been resumed.
Operations at all other 27 plants continue to be suspended.
Unknown at this point in time.
The authorities are currently conducting an official investigation as to the causes of the accident.
In addition, the Company formed an [Accident Investigation Committee] comprised solely of members of the academia and external specialists to investigate causes of the accident and develop measures to prevent future recurrences.
The Company will fully cooperate with the Accident Investigation Committee and investigating authorities.
＊Iwakuni：Yamaguchi Prefecture Ohtake：Hiroshima Prefecture
|Products||Usage||Plant Location||Plant Name|
|Resorcinol||adhesive agent for wood and tire||Iwakuni||RS|
(By-product of resorcinol)
|solvent、methyl isobutyl ketone raw material||Iwakuni|
|Cymene||solvent、meta/para-cresol raw material||Iwakuni||CY|
|Meta/Para-cresol||vanish for wire enamel, laminate for PCB||Iwakuni||MPCR|
|Hydroquinone||polymerization retardant, anti-degradation agent for rubber||Iwakuni||HQ|
|Purified terephthalic acid||polyester fiber, polyester film, PET resin||Iwakuni||3GT|
|PET bottle raw material||Iwakuni||1PET
|additives for lubricants||Iwakuni||LC
|mold releasing film、plastic wrap||Iwakuni||TPX|
(ultrahigh molecularweight polyethylene)
|battery separators, high-strength fiber||Iwakuni||HM
|pigment dispersant、processing aid||Iwakuni||WAX
|FTR™||hot-melt adhesives, tackifiers||Iwakuni||PR|
|(Plant fire extinguishing material)||-||Iwakuni||AFR|
(methyl isobutyl ketone)
|solvent of paints, ink||Ohtake||BK|
(modified polyamide 6T)
|electronic/ electric parts, automotive parts||Ohtake||AL|
|Mitsui MP (pellicles)||dust proof membrane applied on photomask during lithography process||Ohtake||pellicles|
|packaging films, golf ball covering||Ohtake|
|Gas pipes||gas pipes||Ohtake||MIP|