Landslide Caused Pipeline Fire in Central China, Kills Two

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Landslide Caused Pipeline Fire in Central China, Kills Two

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:08
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Location of Hubei Province in China (By TUBS [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (Sinopec) has shut down a pipeline section in the central region of the country after the area was hit by landslide and fire.

The company has shut down a facility of the Sichuan-East China gas pipeline that carries natural gas from Sichuan’s southern province to eastern China. According to a spokesperson of Sinopec, the daily gas supply of 9.8 million cubic meters to the industrial users has been cut due to the accident and all the associated gas wells were being shut down as well.

Sinopec was reportedly working with PetroChina, which is a state-owned energy company for arranging an emergency gas supply of 5 million cubic meters per day for the residential users.

In the last few weeks, Central China has experienced heavy rains, which resulted in flooding and landslides in several areas. This accident took place in a remote region of the central Hubei province.

This is not the first accident that took place at a Sinopec pipeline. At Qingdao’s eastern oil hub of Sinopec, an explosion killed more than fifty people in November 2013, which led the nation to launch an investigation into safety at gas and oil pipelines.

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