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Sinopec operations at Qingdao refinery disrupted by fatal pipeline blast

11.25.2013  | 

The 10 million metric tpy facility will have “some disruptions,” Lv Dapeng of Sinopec said, without giving further details. The explosion occurred after oil leaked from the pipeline into Qingdao’s municipal rainwater network. The Xinhua News Agency said 136 people are injured and 11 are missing.

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Sinopec said operations at its “super-large” production complex in Qingdao will be disrupted after a crude pipeline leak and blast that killed at least 52 people.

The 10 million metric tpy facility will have “some disruptions,” Lv Dapeng of Sinopec said in a phone interview, without giving further details. The explosion occurred after oil leaked from the pipeline into Qingdao’s municipal rainwater network. Xinhua News Agency said 136 people are injured and 11 are missing.

The incident is the latest in a string of fatal industrial accidents as China seeks to improve workplace safety. In June, a fire at a poultry plant in the northeastern province of Jilin killed 120 people in the nation’s deadliest blaze in 13 years. Chinese President Xi Jinping visited relatives of people killed and injured in the Qingdao blast, China National Radio reported. 

Sinopec will cooperate with the government on a probe into the accident, the company said in a statement.

“At this stage, the company’s main task is to avoid further accidents by checking if there’s more gas combustible within the rescue zone,” Lv said, adding that the spillage of oil is under control. The company is still investigating the cause of the leak, he said.

Sinopec’s refining and petrochemical site at Qingdao in Shandong province produces more than 7 million tpy of gasoline,kerosene and diesel, according to the company’s website. Refined products are sold in the north, northeast and southeastern coastal regions of China, as well as being exported.

‘Learn lessons’

The country will improve work safety and “learn lessons” from the blast, China Central Television reported Xi as saying. The accident investigation should be fast-tracked and responsibility established, Xi said.




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Youyu
11.28.2013

The incident investigation will probably not be seriously performed by an independent third party without any political pressure. There may not be real lesson learnt you wished for.

Rawnakul Islam
11.28.2013

It is undesirable. We want more safety measure from the giants like Sinopec. Workmanship of Chinese Companies should be developed.

Hirak Dutta
11.28.2013

Would expect Hydrocarbon Processing share the root cause and lessons learnt apropos investigation.
Series of accidents took place during last one month including one at Lemont refinery etc.
At the least we expect HCP to publish RCA.

K.S.B.Murukesh
11.28.2013

Incorporate Lessons Learned to seal all the loop holes of HSE failures

K.S.B.Murukesh
11.28.2013

Dear All,

Go ahead with HSE passport fo the work place, to improve workplace safety

A. Aziz
11.27.2013

In spite of investment on safety, hazard identifications/risk studies, incident investigations and implemention of relevant standards specially in big companies all over the world, fatal accidents like blasts, explosions, VCEs at giants as above is inexplicable. Small companies like us would be more worried on the statistics and findings of such incident investigations. Something else need to be done or stress is not giving on the right area; something is missing from the whole exercise??

Antonio D'Alessio
11.26.2013

The poor Chinese technology has to walk a very long way, before reaching the level of western technology, improving safety of construction, operation, maintenance of their Oil%Gas installations

Muhammad Saim
11.26.2013

Very interesting case study for light end draining !

Typical over look in design, mixing community drains with plant drains.

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