Lightning strike sparks PD oil refinery fire (updated)

SEREMBAN, 22 May 2020:

Fire broke out at a storage tank of an oil refinery in Port Dickson this afternoon.

A spokesman of the Negeri Sembilan Fire and Rescue Department said, however, no casualties were reported.

He said 38 firemen from three stations — Port Dickson, Teluk Kemang and Seremban 2 — including members of the Hazardous Material Unit (Hazmat) were rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call at about 4.15pm.

“The fire affected a 10,000-litre capacity oil tank and fire-fighting operations are ongoing.”

Meanwhile, Hengyuan Refining Company Bhd said the fire occurred at one of the crude tanks in its premises but no one was injured.

In a statement issued in Kuala Lumpur, Hengyuan said its Emergency Management and Response Team was triggered and the Fire, Rescue and Medical (FiRM) team was deployed to the site at 4.32 pm to extinguish the fire.

It said it was working closely with the local authorities to manage the situation.

Preliminary indications were that the fire was caused by a lightning strike, it added.

May 23 update:

Hengyuan Refining Company Bhd (HRC) has confirmed that a fire which broke out at a crude tank at its refinery in Port Dickson has been extinguished.

It said the fire was contained at source and did not spread to the surrounding environment. No injuries have been reported.

“HRC would like to record its deepest appreciation to bomba (the Fire and Rescue Department), the police, the Department of Occupational Safety & Health Malaysia and other local relevant authorities for their concerted efforts working together with HRC in managing and putting out the fire,” it said in a statement.

“HRC is now focused on minimising any impact to the environment and clean-up efforts are underway. A thorough investigation will be conducted to identify the cause of the incident and to ensure necessary mitigation plan will be put in place to prevent a future recurrence.”

HRC also thanked Petron Port Dickson Refinery which, through their mutual aid partner collaboration programme, also provided its support towards this incident.

HRC, formerly known as Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaya) Bhd, operates a refinery in Port dickson with a licensed production capacity of 156,000 barrels per day.

– Bernama