FRANKFURT Oct 18 German chemicals company BASF
is facing "big challenges" in supplying its customers
after an explosion and subsequent fire at its biggest German
plant on Monday cut off the supply of raw materials, board
member Margret Suckale said.
She also told journalists at a news conference on Tuesday
that she could not yet say what the financial damage of the
explosion will be.
At least two people died and roughly two dozen were injured
in the explosion. BASF shut down more than 20 facilities,
including its two steam crackers, large units that make basic
chemical components, after the blast.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan)