An explosion which occurred on Tuesday morning at a key European natural gas hub Baumgarten in Austria has killed one person, injured 21 and caused supply disruptions and distortions on several European gas markets.
The hub’s operator, Gas Connect Austria, in which OMV Group holds 51 % stake, was forced to close the facility. The statement from the company said that an explosion occurred shortly before 9:00 AM on the grounds of the Baumgarten natural gas station, which caused a serious fire that has been contained to several small fires and completely extinguished by early afternoon. The cause appeared to be a technical fault, the company said. The part of the site affected by the fire was only 100 meters by 100 meters at a site that covers 17 hectares.
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