Fire Breaks Out at Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Plant

By Reuters
Reuters
Reuters
June 18, 2022 Updated: June 18, 2022

A fire broke out at a Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. plant in Shanghai early on Saturday, killing one person, the company said.

Roaring fire was seen engulfing part of a sprawling factory, emitting columns of thick black smoke, in a video by the fire department showed.

The fire at one of China’s biggest refining and petrochemicals plants started around 4 a.m. Saturday and had been brought under control by 9 a.m. but “was difficult to handle,” state media Xinhua reported, citing fire officials. It was expected to continue burning for some time.

The driver of a third-party transport vehicle died and a company employee suffered a minor injury, said a Sinopec representative. He said the fire affected the ethylene glycol facility at the plant in Jinshan, a southwestern suburb of China’s financial capital.

State-owned Sinopec said on its official Weibo account it was monitoring volatile organic compounds and impact to rainwater outlets, and no impact on the surrounding water environment had been found.

Reuters