TAIPEI May 31 An explosion rocked Taiwanese
conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group's new steel plant in Vietnam
late on Tuesday but there were no casualties and it would have
little impact on preparations for the launch of production, an
The so-called dust explosion was caused by the sudden
combustion of fine particles in the air and was the result of an
equipment malfunction at the plant, which is in test mode, Chang
Fu-ning, an executive vice president of Ha Tinh Steel, said.
"Our equipment which collects dust suffered an explosion. We
immediately cut off the power supply for a security check. We're
trying to find out what caused it," Chang told Reuters by phone.
"There was no fire, damage or casualties as a result," he
said. "The test-runs are still ongoing."
The explosion on Tuesday night near the blast furnace did
not severely affect operations at the plant, which a day earlier
started a test run, news website Zing.vn said.
(Reporting by Faith Hung in TAIPEI and My Pham in HANOI;
Editing by Stephen Coates)