PTT completes mending leaked gas tube

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BANGKOK, 19 August 2011 – Domestic refinery and retailer PTT Plc has resumed normal gas transmission following its successful repair work on a gas leak in the Gulf of Thailand. 

Chief Operating Officer of PTT Upstream Petroleum and Gas Business Group Pailin Chuchottaworn announced that the repair work on the problematic gas tube has been completed, and the normal gas transmission has started since 9.25 hrs of 15 August 2011.

The PTT emergency operation centre therefore has been closed. To prevent interrupted supply of gas during the repair work, the PTT sought additional acquisition of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to meet local demand while bunker oil, both locally produced and imported, was sent to power plants adequately.

The PTT had also managed to ensure that production of gas separation plants met the demand during the period of repair work. Incurred expenses so far are not in consideration, which might take some time before it is concluded.

The gas leaking accident was reported on 25 June 2011 between the 34-inch main pipe and 24-inch branch pipe transmitting gas from Pla Tong gas complex in the Gulf of Thailand; however, the PTT could still manage to supply adequate amount of fuel for electricity generation.