“On Saturday, February 9, shortly before 8am, a fire occurred at Air Liquide’s Specialty Gas facility in LaPorte, Texas,” the company statement says.
The statement continues, “Sadly, Air Liquide can now confirm that the employee who had initially been identified as missing has been found. His body was located at the scene shortly before 7.30pm (Texas time). Our thoughts and prayers remain with the employee’s family.”
“Out of respect for the family’s privacy, Air Liquide will not release the name of the deceased employee. Air Liquide counselors are in contact with the employee’s family and co-workers.”
“A second employee who was taken to UTMB remains hospitalised in critical condition.”
“The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Air Liquide personnel responded immediately to the scene at the time of the incident and remain on scene. We continue to work collaboratively with the emergency personnel and local authorities at the site.”
Emergency services confirm the plant involved in the explosion is owned by Air Liquide, with authorities also confirming a body was recovered just hours after the blast which happened at 7.30am (Texas time) on Saturday in the city of La Porte, Texas.
Houston, Texas, based Thigpen Energy has selected Chart for the provision of LNG fueling equipment and supplies – with construction already underway. Earlier this week it was announced that the company’s eastern European outfit, Chart Ferox, was chosen to construct LNG filling station in Poland.
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