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China seals oil port after spill

Sun, 07/18/2010 - 10:25pm
Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China closed the Dalian Xingang oil port in northeast China, home to the country's largest oil reserve bases, after crude pipeline explosions spilled oil into the sea, an industry executive said on Monday.

State oil major PetroChina, which operates two major refineries in Dalian, has set up a contingency plan to cope with one week's closure of the main oil port that receives foreign crude vessels regularly and also a main export point for gasoline and diesel.

PetroChina has started trimming refinery operations at one of the plants, the 200,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) West Pacific PetroChemical Corp (WEPEC), by about "several thousand (metric) tons" per day.

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