INEOS tank collapse rattles region

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SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — A tank collapse at Lima’s INEOS plant shook parts of the region Sunday night, but authorities assured residents there was no threat to the community.

The Shawnee Township Fire Department responded to INEOS at 1900 Fort Amanda Road, Lima, at 7:59 p.m. Sunday, according to John Norris, platoon chief and public information officer for the Shawnee Township Fire Department. They found a tank had collapsed. There were no injuries, and crews remained on scene for several hours.

Both Shawnee Township Police Department and Allen County Emergency Management Agency noted there was no danger to the community from the incident, nor was there ever any threat from it.

“We are aware of a reported explosion at the refinery complex,” according to the EMA’s Facebook page. “We have spoken to Shawnee FD and complex officials, and there is no threat to the public.”

Shawnee Fire Department Platoon Chief Mike Hasenstaub said the case was still under investigation Monday morning.

He said the collapsed tank was no longer in service at the time of the incident, but did not disclose what the tank was holding, calling the information “proprietary.”

The plant is part of a complex of industrial plants adjoining the Husky Lima Refinery. Other businesses there include Nutrien and Fort Amanda Specialties. INEOS is along the southern edge of the complex owned by a London-based company with 129 sites, including 37 in the United States.

INEOS’s Lima facility produces industrial chemical products. Its primary product, acrylonitrile, is created with the reaction of ammonia, propylene and air over a catalyst, in this case an amoxidation process, according to INEOS’s website. Acrylonitrile is a main ingredient in making acrylic fibers for clothing, carpets and blankets.

The plant also makes acetonitrile, a solvent used in the production of insulin and antibiotics and as a raw material in the production of natural pesticides. It employs 157 people, according to INEOS.

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