September 8, 2010 / 4:07 AM / 10 years ago

Sinopec oil platform in Bohai Bay tilts over

BEIJING, Sept 8 (Reuters) - An oil platform in the shallow waters of Bohai Bay off eastern China’s Shandong province lurched dangerously on Tuesday night, dumping four people into the water and trapping 32 others on the facility, the Ministry of Transport said.

Oil valves on the No.3 platform had been shut down and the platform remained stable, the ministry said, citing reports by operator China Petroleum & Chemical Corp’s (Sinopec) (0386.HK) (600028.SS) (SNP.N) Shengli Oilfield.

As of Wednesday morning, two people were still missing while the rest had been rescued and relocated, the ministry said in releases on its website (www.moc.gov.cn).

The reasons for the accident were not immediately clear, an official with Sinopec’s news department said by telephone, adding that the accident had not caused any oil leaks.

The platform, used for offshore repair purposes, was hit by typhoon late on Tuesday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Shengli, Sinopec’s largest oilfield, produced 556,700 barrels of oil per day in 2009. (Reporting by Jim Bai and Aizhu Chen; Editing by Chris Lewis)

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