A satellite photo taken by the Geo-Informatics and Space Development Agency (GISTDA) at 6am on Thursday shows the surface area of the oil spill off the eastern province of Rayong had shrunk from 9 to 5 square kilometres.
The agency said the reduction in the size of the slick means that leaked oil will not reach Koh Kangkao, Koh Kham, and Koh Kuti islands.
An admitted 50,000 litres of crude oil was spilt into the sea from an offshore pipeline at a refinery operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) in Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong province early on July 27. Navy soldiers and company workers have been struggling to contain it, despite reporting early success in controlling the slick.
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