Zhou Yongkang

Energy giant CNPC reviews internal anti-graft efforts

Nearly 150 staff responsible for internal monitoring submit reports amid widening inquiry at state energy giant

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 April, 2014, 12:43pm
UPDATED : Monday, 14 April, 2014, 1:00pm

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is carrying out its annual review of internal anti-graft efforts, amid a wide-ranging corruption probe centred on Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security tsar and a previous head of the energy giant.

The company’s discipline and inspection group chief, Wang Lixin, met 28 secretaries of internal discipline inspection commissions at subsidiary companies over four days, Communist Party authorities have said.

They delivered oral reports on the past year’s work, and another 120 secretaries have been asked to submit written reports, the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said on its website on Sunday.

Secretaries are responsible for identifying areas of concern and devising solutions and laying out plans for future work.

A panel of judges, drawn from the company’s human resources staff and Wang’s group evaluate the secretaries, and that assessment is used in the future when deciding whether they should be promoted.

The energy giant is the focus of a massive anti-graft investigation that came to light in August when four senior executives were detained.

The following month, Jiang Jiemin, a former chief of CNPC, was removed from his post as the head of the national regulator for state enterprises as part of the same inquiry.

The Beijing Times has reported the probe has widened to at least 45 people, including senior CNPC executives, and officials and executives outside the company.

CNPC was regarded as a key power base for Zhou, who headed the company in the 1990s. Zhou, a former member of the supreme Politburo Standing Committee, has been under investigation by the leadership since December.

For decades, Politburo Standing Committee members have followed an unwritten rule they would not charge current or past members with crimes.

Yan Cunzhang, manager of CNPC’s Foreign Co-operation Department, was taken away by the authorities last week.