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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PD my home

Got a scare when i browsed the online news portal this morning. Headline screamed "Fire at Esso refinery in Port Dickson"!

I'm a Port Dickson born and bred girl, spent my 17 years there (14 now and counting in KL, yelch!). It's a seaside town (awarded city status in 2009, but town sounds cozier and duh, there's a "town" in hometown. Really, i pity city folks without a proper hometown to call a hometown!) facing the Straits of Malacca..

Yes, we got the sea and beaches, but we also have a heavy concentration of oil refineries and a power station. From young, we've heard of the concerns that if there ever shall be any accident in one of the refineries/power station, the whole of PD will be a goner. poof..

So, you can understand my concern when i see the headline..

PORT DICKSON: A section of the Esso refinery here was damaged in a fire early Thursday morning.
It is learnt that the blaze started just past midnight and was put out by fire fighters about five hours later. No casualties have been reported.
Firefighters from here, Malacca, Sepang and Seremban were rushed to the refinery, which was recently in the news after it was acquired by the
Philippines' San Miguel Corp. The team from the nearby Shell refinery also helped put out the fire.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
The refinery has been operating here since 1963 and handles some 90,000 barrels of oil per day.

And back in May, we made news again..

The Shell Refining Company Bhd said that the leak from about 35 barrels of residue fuel oil from its Port Dickson refinery into nearby monsoon drains over the weekend has been contained.
It said in a statement today that the fuel oil was found in monsoon drains along the stretch of Kampung Paya and Kampung Air Meleleh, adjacent to the refinery last Saturday.
“A round-the-clock clean-up operation commenced immediately and was completed late on Monday. The situation is now under control with all the fuel oil contained and recovered, and no impact expected on the surrounding areas.
Containment efforts ensured that the fuel was prevented from flowing into the Straits of Malacca,” the company said.
Shell Refining said upon discovering the leak, the refinery’s emergency response team together with Pimmag (Petroleum Industry Malaysia Mutual Aid Group) immediately commenced the clean-up involving 50 people.
Five booms were also installed to trap the sludge and excavators were deployed to clear the waterways.
Shell Refining said initial investigations by the refinery indicated that the source of the leak was from a line connected to the residue fuel oil storage tank.
The Department of Environment, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health and all other relevant authorities had also been informed.
Together with the authorities, the company said it was conducting a full investigation and would implement what it had learnt from the incident to prevent a recurrence.
- Bernama

Please, big oil corporations, you can share our land, do enjoy the beaches on ur free time too, while we thank you for the job opportunities and cheaper fuel price (1 sen!) BUT do take care of homes ya? Thxxx....

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