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Sources: PetroChina's Former Indonesia Chief Under Investigation

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HONG KONG/BEIJING, Oct 16 (Reuters) - The Chinese government is investigating the former head of PetroChina's Indonesian operations, sources said, just weeks after authorities announced a corruption investigation into other former senior executives at the state oil giant.

PetroChina removed Wei Zhigang from his post as general manager of its Indonesian unit several weeks ago amid an unspecified official probe into the executive, three Chinese oil industry sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Company spokesman Mao Zefeng said he was not aware of any investigation into Wei, who could not be reached for comment.

PetroChina and its parent firm, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), are at the centre of one of the biggest corruption investigations into the Chinese state sector in years. Until now, no executives from PetroChina's foreign operations have been implicated.

"The former general manager of the Indonesian business is under investigation," said one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. "He has already been removed from the general manager position."

A second source added: "Wei has been removed from his job and his replacement has been sent to Indonesia."

The new country general manager is Xue Liangqing, formerly a chief geologist at PetroChina's international exploration and production unit, the three sources said.


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