Two contractors were killed on Tuesday and three others were injured by an ammonia leak at a Petronas chemical facility in Malaysia.

Petronas told the Malay Mail Online that an ammonia leak occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah Sdn Bhd plant at the Sabah Ammonia Urea project in the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park.

The state-owned company told the paper that five contractors were affected by the leak and two of those contractors died as a result of the incident.

The other three contractors received medical treatment.

According to the Star, the workers were conducting maintenance work when the leak occurred.

One of the contractors was Malaysian and the other was a foreign worker, the Star added.

Petronas told the Malay Mail Online that it immediately mobilized its emergency response team and that there is no threat to nearby residents or the environment.

The company told Reuters that the leak has been contained.

Both Petronas and relevant authorities are investigating the case.

“PCFSSB is extending all necessary assistance to the affected personnel and their family members,” the company told Malay Mail Online.


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