Wacker Plant will not restart for months after Sept. 7th explosion

CHARLESTON, Tennessee (WDEF) – Wacker Chemical announces that a Root-Cause Investigation is underway at their plant in Charleston, Tennessee.

And that could delay the resumption of production at the plant for months.

A statement from the company on Wednesday says that on September 7th, a technical defect caused a leak of hydrogen which caught fire and exploded.

The explosion severely damaged an important facility of the production plant.

Damage pipes leaked cholosilane, which became hydrogen choloride when it was exposed to the moisture in the air..

Two workers were treated at the hospital, but released later in the day.

“While we are working diligently towards resuming production, the safety of our employees and the community is our top priority,” said Tobias Brandis, Global President WACKER POLYSILICON.

“Therefore, production will not start until a thorough inspection is completed and it is certain that the facility is safe.”

He says restarting production will take several months.

“During the production downtime, we will use personnel to support repair efforts and other site activities as needed. We also will use this downtime to provide our employees with advanced training courses.”

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