Formosa to press ahead with factory launch despite recent explosion

13:31 | 04/06/2017
Llime kiln dust filter explosion in Formosa Ha Tinh Steel project has very little impact on the preparations for the factory launch, but the giant steel complex has been under strict governmental supervision since the environmental disaster it caused last year.
Formosa to press ahead with factory launch despite recent explosion
Formosa's Ha Tinh facility is under strict governmental supervision (Source: vietnamnet.vn)

According to the Ha Tinh People’s Committee, the explosion of a lime kiln dust filter in Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Plant (FHS) on Tuesday night, occurred due to a broken fabric filter.

The accident occurred one day after the firm piloted its first blast furnace, but the explosion ignited outside the blast furnace area.

“There were no fires, no casualties, and no damage to the environment effects,” said the committee.

Formosa representatives said they shut down the kiln immediately after the incident. The kiln does not have anything to do with the factory’s first blast furnace, which is still operating normally. Rather, the kiln is used to create quicklime (calcium oxide) for use in the steel production process.

According to a Formosa report, they are monitoring wastewater, air-quality, and the surrounding area to ensure that no damage occurred to the environment.

Ha Tinh authorities asked Formosa to fix the problem and check its equipment to ensure a safe test run within 15 days. The trial operation of Formosa’s Ha Tinh plant will also be closely supervised to ensure proper waste treatment.

On Monday, Formosa was authorised to test-run its first blast furnace after it passed inspections.

Local authorities are set to continually monitor the furnace, with the initial results of the trial run available within 24 hours. Additionally, waste samples will also be taken every five minutes.

Formosa expects to produce 1.3-1.6 million tonnes of steel between now and the end of 2017 and its second blast furnace is scheduled to become operational early next year.

In April last year, the nearly $10.5-billion Formosa Ha Tinh Steel plant leaked toxic waste that polluted more than 200 kilometres of Vietnam’s coastline, devastating sea life and local economies dependent on fishing and tourism. Four months later, the Taiwanese company owned up to its mistake, offering a public apology and pledging $500 million as compensation for affected fishermen, households, and organisations.

Local authorities announced that the firm had corrected 52 out of the 53 operational faults that led to the environmental disaster.

In related news, the company is expected to implement a dry coking system by 2019 that will replace the current wet coking system, which is cheaper, but creates more debris.

Inspection team sent to investigate explosion at Formosa plant
Inspection team sent to investigate explosion at Formosa plant

A team of officials of Ha Tinh province and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) travelled to Formosa steel plant in Ha Tinh’s Ky Anh district immediately after receiving reports on an explosion at the plant on May 30.

Vo Kim Cu loses position of National Assembly’s deputy due to Formosa scandal
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Minister carries out Formosa inspection
Minister carries out Formosa inspection

A year after it caused mass fish deaths by discharging untreated waste directly into the sea, an inspection has found Formosa having addressed 52 of 53 environmental violations.

Formosa’s $10.5 billion Ha Tinh steel complex meets requirement to start blast furnace
Formosa’s $10.5 billion Ha Tinh steel complex meets requirement to start blast furnace

The working group from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment complemented by a body of other scientists have concluded that Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co., Ltd. (HFS), a subsidiary of Taiwanese Formosa Plastics Corp. meets the requirements for the first blast furnace to start operation.

By By Phuong Thu

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