Consultant Mouchel has been appointed as structural adviser to loss adjusters evaluating damage to the AZF chemical plant in Toulouse, France. The plant suffered extensive damage on 21 September when an explosion ripped through it killing 29 people and injuring more than 2,400.
Before leaving for Toulouse last week, Mouchel divisional director Trev Pinto said the main task was to evaluate the safety of the 227 buildings at the site, many of which are damaged beyond repair. More than 200t of ammonium nitrate fertiliser are thought to have exploded, causing damage to buildings over a radius of 6km and blasting out a crater 50m across and 5m deep. This was equivalent to 10t of TNT exploding, Pinto said. Damage to the works alone is at least £700M and more than 100,000 third party claims are expected.