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CNPC provides aid to gas blowout stricken area
( 2004-01-09 21:21) (Xinhua)

China National Petroleum  Corporation (CNPC) has launched an aid project to victims of last  month's gas blowout in Kaixian County of southwest China's  Chongqing Municipality, the company announced Friday.

CNPC staff members donated a total of 11.65 million yuan (1.4  million US dollars) to the victims, helping them to resume their  normal life and work and hoping to bring them a happier spring  festival, said Su Shulin, deputy general manager of CNPC.

Though some loss was unredeemable in the accident, CNPC would  try its best to help the victims and show its goodwill toward them, Su said.

After the disaster, the local government and CPC committee did  much work to cure the wounded and settle the victims, contributing to the orderly life and production in the area, said Jiang Youyi,  head of Kaixian County.

Jiang said that CNPC had invested 8 million yuan (967,000 US  dollars) in building roads for the county, and a number of schools, hospitals, water supply systems and rest homes would be built with CNPC's financial assistance.

The death toll reached 243 in the blowout. CNPC together with  the local government has signed 241 compensation agreements with  relatives of victims so far, of which 227 agreements worth 34.6  million yuan (4.2 million US dollars) had been paid, said Jiang.

The blowout took place at 10 p.m. on Dec. 23 at Chuandongbei  gas field in Kaixian County when a CNPC well burst suddenly and  released a high concentration of natural gas and sulfurated  hydrogen.

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