Blast hits Sinopec Yangzi’s crude oil tanks, no casualties

09 June 2014 10:45 Source:ICIS News

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--An explosion occurred at the crude oil tanks belonging to Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical at Nanjing in Jiangsu province in the noon of 9 June, but there were no casualties, according to local media on Monday.

The crude oil tanks near the sulphur-recovery facility at Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical’s refinery exploded at about 12:44 local time, according to the Nanjing firefighting department.

Three of eight crude oil tanks at the site were set on fire after toppling down from the explosion. The fire then spread to the sulphur-recovery facility, according to state-owned news agency Xinhua. Around 10 fire brigades were sent to put out the fire.

The remaining five tanks have been isolated from the fire, which is said to be under control.

The explosion was likely caused by a fire which started at the wastewater-treatment equipment and spread to the nearby crude oil tanks, according to the official microblog of Yangtse Evening Post said.

The fire is not expected to have an impact on the sulphur market due to the facility’s small capacity, a market source told ICIS, but did not elaborate further.

By Viola Pan