Sunday May 9, 2010
Explosion, fire at Gaoqiao refinery near Shanghai
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – An explosion and fire at a storage tank at the Gaoqiao oil refinery in Shanghai’s industrial Pudong district lit up the sky on Sunday.
The fire was at a naphtha storage tank, with a capacity of about 1,000 tonnes, a Sinopec media officer told Reuters, adding that there would be no impact on production.
The explosion occured around 11:23 in the morning, according to the Gaoqiao district firefighting department. Two dozen firetrucks attempted to put out the blaze. The 230,000 barrel-per-day refinery is one of China’s largest. It is owned by Sinopec, China’s largest oil refining corporation.
(Reporting by Aly Song, Michael Wei and Lucy Hornby; Editing by David Fox) Copyright 2010 Reuters
A Storage tank fire-explosion at China’s Sinopec Refinery Shanghai Gaoqiao Coking Refinery. The background Reuters picture of tank fire shows Gaoqiao’s two coking units each with 2 drums. One cokers used to make anode but now both are said to be fuel coke.
Sinopec says there will be no impact on production at 230 MBD Complex refinery. Sinopec’s Gaoqiao is one of two Shanghai refineries in the nation’s commercial center that total ~506 MBD. Plans were announced ~Dec 2009 for new 240 MBD Petchem plant to be built in Gaoqiao by 2011 but no news (yet) if it will also have coking unit but they are in the initial design phase of project.