Explosion at China’s Lanzhou Petrochemical kills two

07 January 2010 16:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--An explosion at PetroChina subsidiary Lanzhou Petrochemical in northwestern China killed two people and injured 22 on Thursday, company sources said.

The incident occurred at around 17:30 hours local time in a crude oil storage area. Lanzhou Petrochemical has a 340,000 tonne/year cracker at the site, the sources said.

A huge fire was still raging following the explosion and further casualties were expected. Gansu governor Xu Shousheng and party secretary Lu Hao were at the site monitoring the situation, sources added.

News wires reported that hydrocarbons caused three giant oil tanks to explode.

Lanzhou Petrochemical has a newer cracker in the Lanzhou area – but not at the affected site - with a capacity of 400,000 tonnes/year.

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