China suspends operations at Guangdong port on typhoon warning

22 July 2010 07:12  [Source: ICIS news]

SHANGHAI (ICIS news)--China has suspended operations at its southern Guangdong port following forecasts that a tropical storm has intensified into a typhoon and may hit the province on Thursday afternoon, sources said.

Guaongdong province has been put on high alert as typhoon Chanthu was expected to make landfall between the coastal regions of Dianbai and Leishou according to information from the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center (NMEFC).

Chanthu, the second storm to hit south China this week, packs a wind speed of about 126 km/hour at its centre, and was moving north-westward at a speed of 15 km/hour, sources said.

More than 28,000 fishing boats had returned to port on 21 July, and 22 flights had been cancelled, they added.

Maoming Petrochemical, which owns two crackers and several related petrochemical plants in the province, would continue normal operations, a source closed to the company said.

“The two crackers, with capacity of 640,000 tonnes/year and 380,000 tonnes/year, are running normally currently, and [there is] no shutdown information for relevant petrochemical plants,” the source added.

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