Fire Continues to Rage at Chemical Plant in China
Published By : 10 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
Evacuation efforts are going on for the third day, after a major fire broke out at a chemical plant in China. Almost 30,000 people have been evacuated from the villages around the blast site which is located on the Gulei Peninsula in Beijing. The controversial chemical plant belonging to Tenglong Aromatic Hydrocarbon (Zhangzhou) Company Limited, produces paraxylene (PX), a chemical used in manufacturing fiber and plastics. An oil leakage led to the blasts at three chemical oil tanks in the plant.
According to the official media, evacuation efforts have been expedited after the two storage tanks ignited for the third time since fire broke out three days ago. Hundreds of fire fighters are deployed at the site to prevent the fire from spreading. State-run Xinhua news agency reported that the fire fighters were trying to cool the storage tanks by spraying water over them and preventing them from reigniting. This is the second such incident happening at the plant in the past 20 months.
The local government had already started to permanently relocate the residents before the blasts rocked the plants. Though the provincial environmental and marine affairs department reported no detection of excessive pollutants in the region, locals are relocating to other cities.
Zhangzhou region, earlier known for producing fruits and flowers, witnessed rapid industrial growth after the chemical plants were set up. With industrialization of Zhangzhou region and its neighboring cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou, the Gulei Peninsula has become one of the seven biggest petrochemical industry bases in China. However, PX plants have invited controversy due to their environmental impact.