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PetrochemicalsAn explosion and fireMar. 27 at Phillips Petroleum Co.'s K-Resin styrene-butadiene copolymer (SBC) plant at its Houston Chemical Complex (HCC) near Pasadena, Tex., killed one worker and injured 71 others. Of those injured, 32 were company employees and 39 were under contract, Phillips said. HCC-with production capacity of 370 million lb/year of K-Resin SBC-was shut down until a review of the complex could be completed by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Following the review, both polyethylene and polypropylene production will restart.PipelinesPetroChina Co. to begin construction this month of a 953-km natural gas pipeline in northwestern China...

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