|A man was killed in a fire at a petroleum station in the northern Thai Binh City's Hai Ba Trung Street last April. Substandard petroleum stations threaten the safety of consumers and residents living near them. – VNA/VNS Photo
THAI BINH(VNS) — About 45 petroleum stations that fail to meet national safety standards have been operating in the northern Thai Binh Province for years, the local authority said.
According to the industry and trade ministry's regulations, a petroleum station must have a minimum area of 300sq.m to 1,000sq.m, depending on their storage capacity from less than 100 cu.m to 210 cu.m.
The stations must be separated from other buildings by walls made of non-inflammable materials.
However, several petroleum stations in the province measure less than 100 sq.m in area.
For example, the Thanh Mien- Cau Me Station in Ninh Giang District is located in front of a house, and three gas pumps are situated at the gate of the house.
The Hung Thai Station, about 3km away from the above-mentioned station, is only 30 sq.m in area.
Local residents said the station had operated for 10 years without any expansion taking place.
Head of the Trade Management Division under the province's Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Van Quang said there were 45 substandard petroleum stations in the province, most of them operating since 1990.
Local residents have built houses, encroaching on the stations' area, he said.
Quang said the province had shut 10 substandard gas stations and 24 others were told to upgrade to meet the legal requirements.
He said the province planned to remove all irregular petroleum stations by 2020. — VNS