NGV station leak prompts evacuation
- Published: 25/01/2013 at 11:53 AM
- Online news:
A leak occurred at a PTT NGV gas station in Bangkok's Ram Intra area early Friday and people in the area were evacuated to safety.
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Police and emergency workers along with two fire trucks rushed to the NGV outlet early Friday morning after reports of a leak from four gas tanks containing about 5,000 litres of inflammable compressed natural gas. At the site, they found a roofed garage covered in thick white fumes.
People living nearby were evacuated and the area closed off. Firefighters sprayed water on the tank valve to prevent possible sparks and dilute the gas. It took them about half an hour to shut down the leak.
Station manager Wicharn Changthong told police that he heard a loud noise and saw the gas gushing out from all four tanks. He only managed to shut down the leak from tanks 1 and 2.
After realised the situation was out of control and he contacted the authorities. Mr Wicharn said the tanks were delivered the day before and an inspection showed no sign of a problem.
The damages will be assessed by engineers from PTT.
The police investigator at the scene reported that there were no injuries, but the station will remain closed until the exact cause of the leak had been determined by experts.
The leaked NGV gas had evaporated and no long posed any danger, unlike liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) which is more inflammable, he added.
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