A bird's-eye view of the Dongjiaotou Oil Depot in Shekou, Nanshan District.
BUILT in 1984, the Dongjiaotou Oil Depot is being dismantled, and a park will be built on its site, according to the Shekou News.
There had once been 20 huge oil tanks in the oil depot, which could store a total of 38,800 cubic meters of oil. The oil depot was jointly run by three gas companies, namely Sinopec, Shenyan Gas and Shennan Gas, to supply fuel and gas for local residents in Shenzhen.
Shekou residents and some deputies of the Shenzhen Municipal People's Congress have for over a decade called for the closure of the Dongjiaotou oil and gas depot over safety concerns. The Dongjiaotou depot is surrounded by a number of residential estates.
The oil depot was partially emptied in September 2015 following deadly explosions in Tianjin in North China that killed at least 158 people a month earlier.
In consideration of the safety of residents in the nearby neighborhoods, the Dongjiaotou depot was fully shut down Oct. 31, 2015.
The dismantlement work of the oil tanks began Tuesday, but two of the 300-cubic-meter tanks will be retained and renovated as part of Shekou Hill Park.
The oil depot had been the main base for storing, transporting and supplying refined oil in Shenzhen until Mawan Oil Depot was put into use in 2007.
A park will be built on the oil depot's site after it is demolished. Several lawmakers in Shekou Subdistrict have proposed the building of a "Shenzhen Reform and Opening-up Memorial Park" on the site.
According to the lawmakers, the park should have monuments, exhibition halls and sculptures to show the milestones of Shenzhen's reform and opening-up history, while there should also be recreation facilities in the park to meet the needs of local visitors.