17 Jul '11, 7am

Oil firms in China come under fire

Oil firms in China come under fire

BEIJING: Chinese netizens and a state press report on Sunday questioned safety standards at oil firms after a fire erupted at a plant owned by state-run CNPC - the industry's fourth incident in six weeks. The country is still grappling with a huge oil spill off its eastern coast that has now contaminated an area around six times the size of Singapore, and another separate slick and fire have also tarnished the industry's image. In the latest incident, a leak from a piece of oil refining equipment caught fire Saturday at a plant owned by state-run China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), the country's biggest oil producer. The company said in a statement Sunday the fire in the northeastern port city of Dalian had been put out, there were no casualties and tests showed the surrounding sea had not been polluted. The fire came exactly a year after two pipelines exploded at an oil...

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