OIL TANK BLAZE AT SINGAPORE JURONG ISLAND
Firefighters extinguished a raging oil storage tank fire on Pulau Busing part of Jurong Island, off the southwestern coast of Singapore. The oil tank belonged to Tankstore, located at 23 Tembusu Road, and contained light crude oil. It measured about 40m in diameter and 20m in height. The intensity of the fire caused the affected tank to fold and buckle. The Singapore Civil Defence Force said the blaze was extinguished by the combined efforts of SCDF Emergency Responders after approximately six hours of intense firefighting operations. A large 6000 gallons per minute foam monitor has been deployed to mitigate the fire. Several ground water monitors and fixed drencher systems were also used to cool down two oil tanks that were near by.
Jurong Island is a major energy and chemical hub housing refineries and specialty plants by global giants like BASF, ExxonMobil, Mitsui Chemicals, Shell and Sumitomo Chemicals.
The last major blaze on Jurong Island took place in May 3 2007 when an ExxonMobil oil refinery caught fire. The fire in 2007 killed three workers and injured one, while a fifth managed to escape unscathed. (Source: Today, Channel News Asia – Image: SCDF)
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