China said Wednesday its first national oil reserve base has
been filled with crude oil, one day after it announced the setting
up of a national oil reserve center.
Located in Zhenhai, Zhejiang Province, east China, the base has
a planned storage space of 5.2 million cubic meters, said the
National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic
The commission said the base, built by China's largest oil
refiner Sinopec, was accepted by the organization as up to standard
upon a check after a one-year trial operation.
The completion and use of the base represented a milestone for
China's oil reserve system, said the commission.
The base is one of four of that China began to build from March,
2004 onwards in coastal areas.
The other three - in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, Huangdao,
Shandong Province and Dalian, Liaoning Province - are still under
construction, and are expected to be in use later this year or next
China started a state strategic oil reserve base program in 2004
as a way to offset oil supply risks and reduce the impact of
fluctuating energy prices worldwide on China's domestic market for
The bases are designed to maintain strategic oil reserves of an
equivalent to 30 days of imports, or about 10 million tonnes.
With the approval of the Chinese government, an oil reserve
center was officially launched Tuesday, which oversees a wide-range
of social and economic affairs, including energy.
The center, the administrative body of the country's national
oil reserve system, takes responsibility for building and releasing
the country's strategic oil reserves, the commission said in a
The commission said the center will also keep an eye on the
movement of demand and supply in both domestic and international
(Xinhua News Agency December 19, 2007)