SIX WORKERS DIE IN SOUTH CHINA GAS TERMINAL FIRE

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Six people were killed and three seriously injured when a fire broke out at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the southern port city of Beihai in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, as said by the operator of the LNG terminal.

Xinhua, the official news agency of China, reported that the fire broke out around 12 noon local time on 2 November 2020. Henceforth, the fire was suppressed by 12.20 pm with an investigation into the cause already being underway.

The fire allegedly occurred while pipeline construction near the No.2 storage tank at the terminal’s second phase. This tank has been designed to regasify 3 million tonnes of LNG a year and was scheduled to complete construction by June 2020, until COVID shifted opening dates.

A PipeChina representative said, “PipeChina has asked the on-site contractor to stop all works and is sparing no efforts in the rescue operation.”

According to a report posted by local authorities on Monday, vessels are forbidden to enter and depart the district of Tieshangang where the Beihai terminal is located.

Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Co, said in a statement that its Guangxi branch had launched an emergency plan to source LNG from other provinces, without elaborating on the reason for the tight supply situation shortly after this incident.

China’s Sinopec seeks LNG as supply in fire-hit terminal area tightens

Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Co, said in a statement that its Guangxi branch had launched an emergency plan to source LNG from other provinces, without elaborating on the reason for the tight supply situation

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Posted in Accidents by Ankur Kundu on Nov 05, 2020 at 12:45.