Friday May 11, 2012
Worker killed and 23 hurt in gas plant blast
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
DUNGUN: A worker died and 23 others were injured in an explosion at a Petronas gas processing plant in the GPP Complex A in Kerteh.
Rosli Mansor, 31, died on the spot.
His remains were sent to the Kemaman Hospital for a post-mortem.
Another victim, Zamro Fithri Mat Noor, 25, who suffered 90% burns, was admitted to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu, while the others were sent to the Kemaman Hospital.
It is learnt that some 2,000 workers were at the site when the explosion occurred.
A witness, who only wished to be known as Fauzi, said thick smoke started billowing from the plant after a loud explosion, which was followed by a second bigger explosion.
“I was only three metres away from the plant when the incident took place.
“I saw a few workers flung out from the plant as a result of the explosion,” he said.
“Shortly after that, the emergency and rescue unit arrived and we were ordered to evacuate,” he said.
A statement from Petronas Gas Berhad (PGB) confirmed that a fire broke out in one of its plants.
The statement said the fire was brought under control by the complex's emergency response team within 30 minutes.
PGB also said some employees of Hyundai-PFCE Consortium, which is the contractor servicing the GPP under a scheduled maintenance shutdown, were affected in the incident.
The statement added that PGB was extending all necessary assistance to the affected personnel and their family members.
“We will release more information on this matter as soon as we are in the position to do so,” it said.