An explosion occurred this morning before 9:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Baumgarten Natural Gas Station. The explosion caused a serious fire that has been contained to several small fires. It is with great sadness that we have to announce that one person lost their life in this accident.
We express our deepest sympathy to the family and we will support them as much as possible in this difficult situation. A crisis intervention team is on site.
The exact circumstances of the accident still remain unclear and are being investigated by the police. The company is doing everything possible to help with these investigations. Eighteen people were injured in the accident and received immediate medical treatment. The person who died in the accident as well as those injured are Austrian citizens.
The plant was shut down in a controlled state and is offline. The cause of the accident remains unclear; we are currently assuming it was a technical fault. The country’s natural gas supply can be covered for the foreseeable future. Transit through Austria to the south and southeast regions will be hindered until further notice. The neighboring pipeline operators were informed immediately, so that measures can be introduced in a timely manner.