Capping of gas well hit by leakage starts
Updated: 2006-03-27 15:00
Workers started to shut down the Luojia No. 2 gas well hit by a gas leakage
in Gaoqiao Town of Kaixian County, Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, at
10:00 Monday morning.
than 10,000 residents living within one kilometer of the well were evacuated and
workers have earlier ignited the escaping gas to avoid the possibility of a
buildup and explosion.
Smoke and fire billow out March 26
as a leak was discovered at a gas well in Kaixian County
near southwestern China's Chongqing Municipality one day before. The
spewed gas cloud at the mouth of the well was ignited in order to prevent
a further buildup and explosion. About 7,000 nearby residents have been
evacuated to safe with no one injured and the situation is reportedly
under control till Sunday. [Xinhua]
The leak was discovered at the well belonging to the CNPC's Sichuan
Provincial Petroleum Administration on Saturday morning. No casualty has been
The gas well is in the vicinity of the Luojia No. 16H Gas Well, where a
deadly gas blowout killed 243 people on December 23, 2003.