HONG KONG, Mar. 19 -- A smelting unit of Dongxing Aluminium Co in China's Gansu province has stopped production following an explosion, state-run news website people.com.cn said on Friday.
The explosion, which occurred on March 16, injuried 27 workers and damaged the smelting plant, a report posted on the Gansu government website on that day showed. (www.gansu.gov.cn)
The report did not give the capacity of the plant or say when it would resume operations.
Officials at Dongxing were not immediately available for comment.
State-owned Dongxing had an aluminium smelting capacity of 180,000 tonnes per year in 2008 and planned to double the capacity, according to a brief posted on the website of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission website. (www.sasac.gov.cn)
China, the world's top producer and consumer of aluminium, has more than 18 million tonnes of annual primary aluminium capacity.