Oil Leak From Dalian Pipeline Explosion Controlled, CNPC Says

An oil leak after a pipeline explosion at the Dalian New Port in northeast China has been sealed off and further pollution prevented after valves were shut, China National Petroleum Corp. said.

The explosion was sparked during the offloading of an oil tanker yesterday at 6:20 p.m., CNPC said today in a statement on its website. The fire was extinguished and the company is investigating the accident, which didn’t harm anyone, it said.

The crude oil storage facilities at the Dalian port site contain six tanks, each with capacity of 100,000 tons, CNPC said.

More than 2,000 firefighters worked overnight battling the flames and the incident drew attention from the country’s top leaders, including President Hu Jintao, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Mao Zefeng, the company’s spokesman, couldn’t be immediately reached on his mobile phone.

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