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Oil drilling plant explosion kills eight in China

28 October 2019

Eight people have died and five injured after an explosion at a Chinese oil drilling plant on October 28. The blast occurred at the Qilicun plant in the northeastern province of Shaanxi. Three people who were initially missing following the explosion were later found dead.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

In a statement, the local county government said the accident happened after a new thermal technology was tested which was meant to increase output at the plant. The Qilicun plant, located east of Yan’an city in northwest China, is owned by Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group, a government-backed oil company.

The statement said: “Injured people have been taken to the hospital and their life signs are stable. Rescue work is continuing and the reason for the accident remains under investigation.” 

According to Russian news agency Sputnik, a technology company had finished testing permeability in two wells when the vehicle-mounted testing equipment exploded for an unknown reason.

Local agencies have launched an investigation into the incident.

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