Nearly 20,000 disaster risks were uncovered in China’s oil and gas sector during a safety investigation, reports claim.
The probe was launched following a pipeline explosion in the East Asian nation in November last year which killed 62 people and is said to have cost 750 million yuan (£75.2m).
Reports claim it found that “pipeline corrosion causing oil leakage into the sewage network and poor work conduct” led to the fatal blast.
A representative from China’s safety agency reportedly told media that checks were also conducted on around 3,000 petrochemical companies and oil storage sites which uncovered the thousands of potential hazards.
The results are expected to be released to the public after they have been approved by China’s cabinet, the State Council.
Another recent report released by Chinese authorities showed the number of people who died after accidents in coal mines dropped to 1,049 last year.