Oil spill off Rayong heading to coast

Oil spill off Rayong heading to coast

Boats deploy linked buoys in a bid to contain the oil spill off Rayong on Wednesday. (Photo: Royal Thai Navy)
Boats deploy linked buoys in a bid to contain the oil spill off Rayong on Wednesday. (Photo: Royal Thai Navy)

About 400,000 litres of crude oil leaked from an undersea pipeline near Map Ta Phut in Rayong province on Tuesday.

The pipeline belongs to Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC).

The Pollution Control Department said a slick 180,000-200,000 litres in size was heading to the shoreline between Mae Ramphueng beach and the Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet Marine National Park.

Unless stopped, it would reach there on Friday around 3-5pm.

The Marine and Coastal Resources Department, the navy and other agencies are working to solve the problem.

SPRC's emergency team had taken steps in line with safety procedures. Activities in neaby areas had been stopped.

The leak had been sealed at 12.18am on Wednesday and dispersants sprayed on the oil spill. The company was continuing to assess the situation.

Vocabulary

  • assess (verb): to carefully consider a situation, person, or problem in order to make a judgment - ประเมิณ, ประเมิณสถานการณ์
  • crude oil (noun): oil that is still in its natural state (crude) before processed in a refinery and made into chemicals - น้ำมันดิบ
  • dispersant (noun): a chemical that is used to make some substance "disperse" or move away from an area - ตัวกระจาย
  • leak: (of a liquid or gas) flowing out of a hole or crack - การรั่วไหล
  • pipeline: a series of pipes that are usually underground and are used for carrying oil, gas, etc. over long distances - ท่อส่งผ่านน้ำมันปิโตรเลียมหรือก๊าซธรรมชาติ
  • procedures (noun): ways of doing something - ขั้นตอนการดำเนินการ
  • slick (noun): an area of oil or waste that is floating on the surface of the sea - ผิวลื่นเป็นมัน
  • spill: (of a liquid) to come or fall out of a container - หกล้น
  • spill: the amount of liquid that comes or falls out of a container - สิ่งที่หกล้น
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