|A broken pipeline is marked in a red circle on the photo taken at the explosion site after a leaking pipeline caught fire and exploded in the Huangdao District of Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, Nov. 25, 2013. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)
BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's largest oil refiner Sinopec said on Monday that it will pay compensation for fatal pipeline explosions at a subsidiary in the eastern city of Qingdao that killed 62 people last November.
Sinopec said in a statement that it will bear corresponding compensation liabilities according to the investigation results of the State Council and will pay its share of compensation, without specifying the amount.
The State Council's report showed that the blast has caused a direct economic loss of 751.72 million yuan (about 123 million U.S. dollars). A lack of responsibility in major hazard inspection and weak emergency response from both pipeline operator Sinopec and local government departments are blamed for the accident.
Sinopec said it will compensate with money from its safety production insurance funds accumulated in the previous years and commercial insurance claims.
Sinopec added that its production and operation, as well as its financial position have remained stable.
Altogether 63 people from Sinopec and the local government have been penalized over the fatal pipeline explosion, with 48 of them receiving punishments for violating Party or administrative discipline, and 15 others having been transferred to judicial organs for alleged crimes.
Sinopec said it will bear in mind lessons from the deadly accident and continue to overhaul safety hazards in its pipeline network to ensure safe operation of its facilities.
The company has decided to mark Nov. 22 each year as a warning day to strengthen awareness of safety production.
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