Six people have died and three more are seriously injured after a fire broke out at the Beihai LNG terminal in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China.
According to Xinhua, the official news agency of China, the fire broke out around 12 noon local time on 2 November 2020. The fire was extinguished by 12.20 pm and an investigation into the cause is underway. China News Service says that the fire, in a 160,000 m3 storage tank, was caused by maintenance personnel, though it gives no further details. The local authorities closed Tieshan Port, where the terminal is located, as a precaution, preventing ships leaving and arriving.
Reuters says that the fire broke out in the No. 2 storage tank of the second phase of development at the site, which should have been completed in June 2021. PipeChina, which bought the Beihai LNG terminal in July 2020, has suspended construction work at the site, and terminal operations are also reportedly suspended.