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
Qingdaos 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 nations 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 companys main task is to avoid
further accidents by checking if theres 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.
site at Qingdao in
Shandong province produces more than 7 million tpy of
gasoline,kerosene and diesel, according to the companys
website. Refined products are sold in the north, northeast
and southeastern coastal regions of China, as well as being
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.