PetroChina chem ops disrupted by earthquake

14 May 2008 03:41  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--PetroChina’s operations in several provinces in southwestern China were disrupted by the massive earthquake in Sichuan province, a company spokesman said late on Tuesday.

“PetroChina’s oil fields, gas fields, refineries, chemical production plants and sales offices in Sichuan, Chongqing, Shanxi and Gansu provinces have been impacted  by the recent earthquake,” he said.

“The extent of the impact varies; however, the overall condition is stable and production is under control. The company’s employees remain calm, and no casualties have been reported so far,” he added.

The earthquake on Monday, which has killed around 12,000 people, has severely disrupted chemicals productions and transport links in the region.

PetroChina’s polymer supply was disrupted after the earthquake, which also halted trading in the provincial capital of Chengdu and closed down its southwestern sales branch.

The company has restarted a major 5m tonne/year oil pipeline in China on Tuesday which had been closed due to the disaster.

Meanwhile, Sinopec said the earthquake did not cause any disruption to the operations of its chemical plants in the region.

 “There was no effect”, a company spokesman in Beijing said.

By: Cheang Chee Yew
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