DOE to probe oil spill and gas leak


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 23 Mar 2003

KUALA TERENGGANU: The state Department of Environment will investigate the release of oil and gas at two platforms off the coast here. 

DOE director Hassan Mat said based on the report lodged by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc, the operators of the platforms, the amount of crude oil spill was small equivalent to about 60 barrels of crude oil. 

“The oil spill is small and occurred offshore so the pollution may be very limited,” he said after presenting prizes to winners of the Love the Environment campaign here yesterday. 

Petronas said in a statement that on Thursday about 60 barrels of crude oil spilled due to a possible leak in the pipeline at the Seligi A platform about 250km offshore. 

The oil formed a sheen around the platform and was being contained by the operator while repairs and clean-up operation were carried out. 

The second incident at the Jerneh platform 230km offshore on Friday occurred when a volume of gas was released from a well. 

ExxonMobil has temporarily shut the operations at both platforms pending investigations. 

It has notified all the relevant authorities on both incidents and is making efforts to mitigate the incidents.  

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