Fire hits at CNPC’s Lanzhou refinery

China National Petroleum Corp.’s (CNPC) Lanzhou Petrochemical Co. Ltd. has extinguished a fire at its 250,000-b/d refinery and petrochemical plant in China’s northwestern province of Gansu.

The fire, which broke out early on Aug. 4 as a result of a leak in a 300,000-tonne/year gas fractionation unit, was completely isolated and extinguished by early afternoon, state-owned CNPC said in a series of Aug. 4 releases.

No casualties have been reported as a result of the incident, CNPC said.

While the company confirmed an investigation is under way into the cause of the accident, details regarding the status of current operations at the refinery were not disclosed.

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