China's Sinopec shuts plants for environmental checks

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Posted: Sep 26, 2012 10:00 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Sinopec Group, the parent of Sinopec Corp, has ordered the closure of three plants, including two refineries in the southern province of Guangdong, for environmental checks, the company said in a statement.

The two refineries are Sinopec Guangzhou Petrochemical Corp and Sinopec Dongxing refinery, with a combined crude processing capacity of 370,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Sinopec announced the order late on Wednesday after Chinese state television reported the plants, which also includes a small petrochemical plant, had environmental problems.

Sinopec did not specify the problems at the plants or the length of the shutdown.

(Reporting by Chen Aizhu and Xu Wan; Editing by Ed Davies)