China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., Asia’s biggest oil refiner, has identified 1,100 sections of its national pipeline network that are too close to residential areas, Chairman Fu Chengyu said.
The discovery follows a nationwide pipeline safety inspection after a blast at a China Petroleum-controlled oil pipeline in East China’s Qingdao killed 62 people in November,
“City regulators have to follow pipeline rules in urban planning, otherwise not only the enterprise and residents, but the whole society may get hurt,” Fu said in an e-mailed newsletter today.
China should also consider shortening pipeline safety distance rules for more efficient law enforcement, Fu said. Current regulations list the safe distance at between 700 to 1,200 meters, while the U.S. and Japan allow 103 meters and 30 meters respectively, he said.
A total of 48 officials were disciplined and 15 face criminal charges after the Qingdao explosion. Fu was among those disciplined by the central government.