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Six hundred firefighters extinguish a refinery fire in northeast China

A fire broke out on Thursday (August 17) at a refinery owned by state oil major PetroChina in Dalian, in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, state news agency Xinhua reported.

The fire started around 6.40pm (1040 GMT). Huge flames and billowing smoke were seen at the spot. The blaze was in the plant’s 1.4 million-tonnes-per-annum catalytic cracker. The refinery in Liaoning province and owned by PetroChina Dalian Petrochemical Corp, has three crude distillation units with total processing capacity of 410,000 barrels per day of crude oil. Catalytic crackers typically produce gasoline.

The fire was brought under control by 600 firefighters from surrounding districts. Local government officials were at the site as an investigation began into the cause of the inferno, state radio reported on its social media blog about two hours after the incident started.

The inferno, the latest industrial incident to rock the port city of Dalian, is thought to have been started due to a broken seal in a feed pump.

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