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Four injured and one missing after gas well explosion

22 December 2011

It is understood that one person is missing and four others are hospitalised after a gas well exploded in the southwestern province of Sichuan early on the morning of Thursday 22 December.

It is understood that one person is missing and four others are hospitalised after a gas well exploded in the southwestern province of Sichuan early on the morning of Thursday 22 December
It is understood that one person is missing and four others are hospitalised after a gas well exploded in the southwestern province of Sichuan early on the morning of Thursday 22 December

The explosion and fire occurred at a gas well owned by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Dayi county in the city of Chengdu, the provincial capital, at around 03:30 during a drilling operation, according to firefighters.
The fire was under control by 09:40 following the efforts of more than 100 firefighters.
CNPC has sent a team of experts to investigate the cause of the accident.
Company sources have said that the gas released did not contain hydrogen sulfide, which is a type of toxin and an inflammable gas. Local residents that had been evacuated have begun to return home, and a search for the missing individual is under way.


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