Air Liquide has reported two separate safety incidents at sites in France and Germany, respectively.

The Tier One company told gasworld it is still investigating the causes of the two incidents, which were local in nature and not related.

Three people suffered minor injuries on Friday (16th November) in Bonneuil-sur-Marne, France when a fire broke out in a pharmaceutical laboratory at Air Liquide Santé France.

The fire started at around 6.30am, injuring three employees of the plant, including the operations manager.

Second incident

Just days later, the French company confirmed to gasworld it was investigating an incident related to an oxygen compressor at its syngas plant in Oberhausen, Germany.

The incident occurred overnight on Saturday (17th November) and Sunday (18th November) at midnight and has temporarily halted production at the facility.

Syngas – a fuel gas mixture consisting primarily of hydrogen and carbon monoxide - is mainly used in the production of oxo-intermediates and oxo-derivatives, which are commonly used in high-quality coatings, lubricants, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.

An Air Liquide representative stressed no one was injured and no gas was released to the environment.