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PetroChina Dalian Tank Fire Put Out; Refinery Operations Are Unaffected

A fire at an oil tank at Dalian’s Xingang Port, partly owned by PetroChina Co., was put out at 2 a.m. local time today with no injuries or oil spilled, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing an onsite work team.

The fire started yesterday afternoon when PetroChina workers were dismantling the oil tank that had caught fire on July 16 and had leftover oil, Xinhua reported.

Operations at PetroChina’s Dalian refinery were normal and hadn’t been affected by the accident, said an official at the plant, declining to be identified because of company rules. Xingang Port is also operating normally, he said.

PetroChina has set up a team to investigate the accident, parent China National Petroleum Corp. said in a statement on its website today.

An explosion at oil pipelines at the Xingang port on July 16 caused about 1,500 metric tons of oil to spill into the Yellow Sea. The accident forced the closure of the oil terminal at Xingang port and delayed oil deliveries to refineries.

--Winnie Zhu. Editors: Jane Lee, John Chacko.

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