Two dead in ammonia leak at Petronas plant

Two workers were killed while three others were injured due to an ammonia leak at a Petronas plant in Sipitang this morning. — Reuters pic
Two workers were killed while three others were injured due to an ammonia leak at a Petronas plant in Sipitang this morning. — Reuters pic

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 16 ― An ammonia leak at a Petronas plant in Sipitang, near here this morning killed two workers and injured three others.

Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) confirmed the incident at 9.30am this morning at the Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah Sdn Bhd (PCFSSB) plant in the Sabah Ammonia Urea project in the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park some 140km from here.

“Five PCFSSB contractors were affected. The company, however, regrets to inform that two fatalities have been reported. The other three affected personnel have received appropriate medical treatment,” it said in a statement here.

“Our Emergency Response Team was immediately mobilised and the situation has been contained,” it  also said, adding that there was no immediate threat to the surrounding communities or environment.

“PCFSSB is extending all necessary assistance to the affected personnel and their family members.

Authorities are still investigating cause of the leak.

Sipitang police chief deputy superintendent Ag Md Arsad Ag Bakar also confirmed the incident and said police were similarly investigating the case.

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