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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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An explosion occurred in Shanghai LNG Terminal when the construction worker conducting pneumatic test of the equipment on Feb 06 2009. ONE worker was killed and 15 injured in an explosion on a construction site at Shanghai's Yangshan Deep Water Port. The accident happened at a Shanghai LNG Co Ltd work site on Ximentang Isle, north of the Yangshan Deep Water Port, an international shipping center about 45 kilometers from Pudong International Airport. This LNG terminal is expected to receive 3 million tons of the fuel annually after the first phase becomes operational this year. When the facility is online, LNG shipped by sea from Malaysia will be transformed into a gaseous state and sent to downtown Shanghai through pipes.

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The man who died was pierced by a flying steel rod while lying in his dormitory bed. He was pronounced dead at the scene, his co-workers told reporters. The explosion occurred during a pressure test of the equipment, according to the city government media office. Workers were pumping air into a gasifier when some 500 meters of the piping network burst into fragments, buckling cement crossbeams.

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