January 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm #2816
Blast at CNPC’s Lanzhou plant, refinery okay
Reuters – Friday, January 8, 2010
* PetroChina’s Lanzhou refinery unaffected, official says
* Blast struck chemical plant run by CNPC subsidiary
* Residential areas unaffected
BEIJING, Jan 7, 2010 – Two people died in an explosion at a petrochemical plant belonging to China’s top state-owned oil firm CNPC, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
The blast occurred in an oil-tank farm 30 km from Lanzhou in Gansu province, Xinhua said. The centre of the explosion was more than 500 metres from residential areas, which were unaffected.
The blast hit a chemical storage tank in the chemical part of the complex and did not affect operations at the Lanzhou refinery, which is run by CNPC’s listed unit PetroChina, a PetroChina official based in Lanzhou told Reuters.
Lanzhou refinery, with a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day, is one of the biggest in Western China.
A spokeswoman for PetroChina in Hong Kong said the facility affected by the explosion is owned by another CNPC subsidiary, not PetroChina. Xinhua said it was operated by the Lanzhou Chemical Company.
Local officials had arrived at the scene and were directing rescue operations, Xinhua said, without giving further details. It said precise casualties and the extent of the damage were not yet known.
January 8, 2010 at 2:34 pm #5862
Here is update on CNPC Lanzhou Coking refinery explosion where 2 workers died. Fire was at oil tank farm. Lanzhou Refinery avoided any damage from a 7.8 Earthquake in 2008.
CNPC Lanzhou has 5 year plan to take capacity from 200 MBD to 400 MBD (including another coking unit between 2011-2015 but soaring crude cost & refining losses have slowed final approval process). It was not on previous refining or coking project list for 2006-2010 cycle but is expected to make the list for 2011-2016 coking cycle.
Lanzhou now makes ~350 kmtpy of fuel coke (but was previously an anode coker) that is around +3%Sulfur.
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