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China's Had its Own Strategic Oil Reserve

The oil reserve base in Zhenhai has 52 storage tanks

China's first strategic oil reserve will be completed in August and go into operation in October, said sources with the National Development and Reform Commission.

The oil reserve base in Zhenhai, east China's Zhejiang Province, has 52 storage tanks. 16 of them were erected last September and the remaining 36 will be completed this October.

28 of the storage tanks are made of high strength steel plates, said the commission.

The base, costing 3.7 billion yuan (462.5 million U.S. dollars) and with a storage capacity of 5.20 million cubic meters, is now prepared for oil storage and operation.

The completion of the base is a breakthrough for China which until now has had no national strategic oil reserves, said Zhang Guobao, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission.

China started to build national oil reserve bases in 2004. The sites of the first four bases are Zhenhai, Daishan in Zhejiang Province, Huangdao in east China's Shandong Province, and Dalian in northeastern Liaoning Province.