Fire extinguished at Gaoqiao refinery near Shanghai

An explosion and fire at a storage tank at the Gaoqiao oil refinery in Shanghai's industrial Pudong district lit up the sky on Sunday.

Fire extinguished at Gaoqiao refinery near Shanghai

A fire at a storage tank at the Gaoqiao oil refinery in Shanghai's industrial Pudong district has been extinguished after an explosion on Sunday morning sent black smoke billowing into the sky.

The fire was at a naphtha storage tank, with a capacity of about 1,000 tonnes, a Sinopec media officer told Reuters, adding that there would be no impact on production.

The explosion occured around 11:23 in the morning and extinguished around 14:30, according to the Gaoqiao district firefighting department, which mobilized trucks to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading.

No-one was hurt, said an official at the department.

The 230,000 barrel-per-day refinery is one of China's largest. It is owned by Sinopec, China's largest oil refining corporation. 

Reuters

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