BEIJING, March 8 -- South China's Guangdong Province
is in discussions with the central government over a proposal to build strategic
oil reserve bases in the region.
The tanks will be built in Guangdong's Zhanjiang city
and Huizhou city, as Huang Huahua, the governor of the southern province said
yesterday on the sidelines of the fifth session of the 10th National People's
China decided in 2003 to build strategic oil reserves
to curb possible future shortages.
Phase one of the project, to be completed in 2008,
includes four strategic oil stockpiles with a total capacity of 16.2 million
They are located in Zhenhai and Zhoushan in east
China's Zhejiang Province, Huangdao in east China's Shandong Province, and
Dalian in NE China's Liaoning Province.
Phase two of the project calls for more bases that
will store 28 million tons of oil.
Possible sites include: Hainan Island, cities in
Guangdong Province and Gansu Province in NW China.
Wei Liucheng, Communist Party chief of China's
southernmost province of Hainan, said the island also wants to build an oil
reserve base for either strategic or commercial use.
Declining to give more details, Wei said the
provincial government was negotiating with international petroleum syndicates.
"Hainan boasts distinctive advantages for building
both national strategic oil reserve base and commercial oil reserve base," he
China imported 47 percent of its oil last year.
Ma Kai, minister of the National Development and
Reform Commission, said yesterday the country had been actively establishing oil
reserves to ensure national energy and economic security.
The nation's oil imports in January rose 3.5 percent
to a record of 13.7 million metric tons (3.2 million barrels a day), the General
Administration of Customs said last month.
In addition to fulfilling its oil reserve plans, the
Guangdong governor also revealed yesterday that the province would strictly
monitor the province's big energy enterprises to restrict their waste discharge.
New measures include satellite surveillance of
industrial areas, and prosecuting firms that breach pollution laws.
Habitual offenders will be blacklisted and named by
The governor said the province's major thermal power
plants would be equipped with desulfurizing filters this year to reduce air
The southern province, one of the country's biggest
energy consumers, maintains the lowest level nationwide of energy consumption
rate per unit GDP value, Huang said.
(Source: China Daily)