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Five killed, three missing after oil plant explosion in China

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 29, 2019
Five people were killed and three others remain missing after a vehicle-mounted testing apparatus exploded in an oil extraction plant in Northwest China's Shaanxi province.

KEY POINTS
  • The vehicle was in the Qilicun plant, located 40 kilometres east of Yanan city
  • The Qilicun site is operated by the government-backed Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group
  • The vehicle which conducted tests at the plant belongs to a thermal power technology company

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The vehicle was in the Qilicun plant, located 40 kilometres east of Yanan city, and had just started testing thermal technology to increase output at an oil well when the accident happened, according to a Xinhua report.

Topics: Oil plant explosion China

The Qilicun site is operated by the government-backed Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group. In 2017, it produced 385,500 tonnes of crude oil.

The vehicle which conducted tests at the plant belongs to a thermal power technology company from central China's Hunan province.

Five other people injured in the blast are being treated in hospital and are reportedly in a stable condition.

Rescuers are searching for the missing and the cause of the blast is under investigation.


 

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