Chonburi’s oil industry practices spill response

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Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn opened the meeting on prevention and response to oil spills. (CPRD)
Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn opened the meeting on prevention and response to oil spills. (CPRD)

Chonburi’s petroleum refiners, Laem Chabang Port and the Royal Thai Navy practiced their response to a marine oil spill at an annual drill in Sriracha recently.

Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chu­chottaworn – who formerly headed Thai oil giant PTT PLC – opened the May 23-25 exercise at the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency.

The conference began with case studies on past oil spills and the lessons learned from them. A panel discussion followed on the integration of public and private organizations in preventing and responding to spills. Practical drills followed later offshore.

The confab also was open to international observers, with representatives from Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam attending.

Pairin said the Gulf of Thailand is a valuable resource for both food and commerce, but is considered at risk for industrial disasters, such as oil and chemical spills. Response drills are essential to forging cooperation between all the players related to the oil industry and responding to accidents.