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Fire Hits BP, Sinopec Chemical Plant in Shanghai, Xinmin Reports

A fire broke out at a petrochemical plant owned by Shanghai Secco Petrochemical Co., a venture between BP Plc (BP/) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (600028), Xinmin Evening News reported, without citing anyone.

An olefin pipeline at a storage tank caught fire at 10:50 p.m. local time yesterday and the blaze was contained as of 12:35 a.m. today, Xinmin reported, citing the police. Nobody was injured in the incident, Angela Qian, a public affairs manager at Shanghai Secco, said by phone, declining to comment further.

China is stepping up safety checks on railways, coal mines and oil fields following a spate of accidents including a deadly collision of two high-speed trains in July and oil spills at an offshore field operated by ConocoPhillips (COP) in June. China’s Cabinet said on Sept. 7 it will limit new petrochemical projects along Bohai Bay, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Shanghai, to counter pollution problems.

The Shanghai petrochemical plant, capable of producing 1.2 million metric tons of ethylene a year, underwent maintenance in August, China Petrochemical Corp., the parent of China Petroleum, said last month.

--Chua Baizhen and Winnie Zhu. Editors: Ryan Woo, Baldave Singh.

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