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Barcelona — An explosion occured in the 140,000 mt/yr ethylene oxide plant near Tarragona, Spain belonging to Spanish group Iqoxe Tuesday evening, according to reports from local emergency services.

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The explosion and fire resulted in one death and eight injured, according to Spanish newspaper Cinco Dias.

The company said Wednesday it is preparing a statement, and declined to comment.

Ethylene oxide is a feedstock for glycol and PET.

The incident has not had any reported impact on the nearby refinery operated by Repsol.