By AIBING GUO
China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Asias biggest oil
refiner, has identified 1,100 sections of its national
pipeline network that are too close to residential areas,
chairman Fu Chengyu said.
The discovery follows a nationwide pipeline safety inspection
after a blast at a China Petroleum-controlled oil pipeline in
East Chinas Qingdao killed 62 people in November,
City regulators have to follow pipeline rules in urban
planning, otherwise not only the enterprise and residents,
but the whole society may get hurt, Fu said in an
e-mailed newsletter on Wednesday.
China should also consider shortening pipeline safety
distance rules for more efficient law enforcement, Fu said.
Current regulations list the safe distance at between 700 to
1,200 meters, while the US and Japan allow 103 meters and 30
meters respectively, he said.
A total of 48 officials were disciplined and 15 face criminal
charges after the Qingdao explosion. Fu was among those
disciplined by the central government.