Malaysia's Petronas Gas plant catches fire, one dead

KUALA LUMPUR - A gas processing plant of Petronas Gas Bhd in the north-eastern Malaysian state of Terengganu caught fire on Thursday afternoon, causing one fatality with two others hospitalised, the company said.

The natural gas processing arm of state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) said employees of Hyundai-PFCE Consortium (HPC), which is the contractor servicing the gas processing plant during shutdown maintenance, were affected.

"The remaining affected personnel have received appropriate medical treatment," Petronas Gas said in a statement late on Thursday, without disclosing the exact number of employees affected by the fire.

The incident took place around 3 pm (0700 GMT) at a pre-treatment unit of the company's gas processing plant in the southern town called Kerteh of Terenggannu. The fire was brought under control 30 minutes later, Petronas Gas said.

Shares of Petronas Gas closed 1.77 per cent higher on Thursday, the second leading mover of the Malaysian benchmark stock index that finished the day off 0.2 per cent richer.

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