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Minor fire at BorsodChem plant

A small fire and a gas leak occurred at the BorsodChem MCHZ chemical plant in Ostrava (Czech Republic) yesterday morning, news wire MTI-ECO reported. The plant is owned by the Hungarian chemicals company BorsodChem Rt. CEO Sándor Palffy said the damage was not very significant and would cost around CZK 500,000 (Ft 4 million) to repair. The amount of gas that escaped was not dangerous and the accident will not alter plans for the aniline-producing plant. BorsodChem bought the Ostrava plant from the Czech company Aliachem in 2000 and spent CZK 72 million (around Ft 586 million) on safety and environmental protection last year. This represented 16% of BorsodChem's total investment spending.