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The following press release retrieved from
the Australia Worker's Union Website on 16th November 2013 is published in full:
Calls for Inquiry into Ethanol Explosion
Wednesday 28th January
2004 11:00 The Australian Workers’ Union has
called for the NSW State Government to
immediately convene an inquiry into the
explosion this morning of an Ethanol Tank behind
the Port Kembla steelworks.
The AWU, which represents
the workers at the plant, said that whilst there
were no fatalities from the incident an inquiry
is needed to find out how such a facility could
The storage tank is still
burning with flames leaping up to 30 metres in
the air, it is expected that it will take some
time before the fire is brought under control.
The tank is adjacent Bluescope Steel Coke Ovens
at Port Kembla, it contains seven million litres
of Ethanol and is operated by ethanol producer
AWU Port Kembla Branch
Secretary Andy Gillespie, who was 350 metres
from the tank when it exploded, said that the
AWU is relieved that no members were killed,
however the AWU remains concerned about the
safety of the plant altogether.
“We were extremely lucky
today that no one was killed, however how is it
in this day and age that a high risk facility
such as an Ethanol storage tank can explode?.”
Mr. Gillespie said.
AWU National Secretary
Bill Shorten said the images of the flame
leaping high above the Bluescope Steelworks
conjured up images of the Longford Gasplant
explosion from 6 years ago.
“Incidents such as this
one at Port Kembla, the Santos Gas Plant
explosion at Moomba and the incident at Longford
in 1998 shouldn’t happen. Today hundreds of
workers were put at risk and now we need to
determine why this happened. The State
Government as a matter of priority needs to
announce an inquiry into the incident.” Mr.