Second break found in oil pipeline as SPRC seeks permission to carry out repairs

The Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC) has sent an urgent notice to the office of the Thai Department of the Navy in Rayong province, requesting permission to access an offshore berthing platform to repair the undersea pipeline. flexible sailor after the discovery of a second rupture.

The company said oil occasionally leaks from this second crack into the sea, but there is a high risk that more of the residual crude oil in the pipeline will leak out when the seas become rough. is why it must be repaired and sealed. quickly.

To carry out the delicate maintenance work, the company said it plans to deploy at least ten vessels, lay booms around the maintenance site, and at least three others equipped with dispersant for safety.

During maintenance work, divers and unmanned underwater submersibles will be deployed to the rupture site. An airborne drone will also be used to observe operations from the air.

Meanwhile, at Mae Ram Phueng Beach Bay, Pornthip Viraphand, the SPRC’s public relations officer, met with vendors and businessmen who have yet to file compensation claims with from the oil company, explaining to them the conditions that must be met to make a claim and how to register them. Around 70 claims were filed soon after.

Pornthip apologized to those present at the meeting for the delay in seeing them, as it asked those affected by the oil spill to lodge complaints with the provincial government complaints center (Damrongtham Centre), instead of the police. .

So far, more than 7,700 claims have been filed with the SPRC.

The first major oil spill took place on January 25and, when around 47,000 liters of crude oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline on the offshore mooring platform. Large oil slicks, which escaped the dams, washed up on Mae Ram Phueng beach, prompting a major clean-up operation and the closure of the beaches to all tourists and businesses and a ban on fishing in the offshore seas of Rayon.

The second spill occurred on February 10and, when around 5,000 liters of oil, left in the broken pipe, spilled out when it was lifted for repair. Most of the spilled crude, however, was quickly contained.

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