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Blast at Sinopec pipeline kills 55

27th November 2013

Pipeline explosion in eastern coastal city of Qingdao kills 55 and injures 136

Blast at Sinopec pipeline kills 55
Sinopec workers inspected the site of the leak hours before the explosion. Copyright: Xinhua

An explosion on Friday at a crude oil pipeline owned by Sinopec in Qingdao, eastern China, has resulted in the death of at last 55 people, injuring 136 others, Xinhua news agency reported.

 

The blast occurred when oil leaked from the pipeline and flowed into the city's rainwater pipe network.

 

Sinopec workers inspected the site of the leak hours before the explosion. 

 

Poor planning of oil and sewer pipes and negligence after the leak was discovered led to explosion, the South China Morning Post reported work safety workers as saying.

 

Qingdao is one of the country's major crude oil import terminals and supplies Sinopec refineries as well as smaller refineries. Sinopec is China’s top refiner.

 

According to news agency Xinhua, Chinese president Xi Jinping told local authorities: "Spare no effort to rescue the injured and strengthen safety to eradicate such incidents." 

 

The incident remains under investigation. Nine people are still reported missing.