Emergency services tackle major fuel leak
18 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — The transfer of fuel from a leaking fuel tank at the BP terminal in the Westelijk Havengebied in Amsterdam is expected to continue all through Friday.
18 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — The transfer of fuel from a leaking fuel tank at the BP terminal in the Westelijk Havengebied in Amsterdam is expected to continue all through Friday.
The problem with the tank, containing 35-million litres of petrol, was reported at 6pm on Thursday, and the fire department has been working since then to pump out the remaining fuel as a preventative measure.
A team of 30 people is working on the operation, which is expected to last at least 30 hours in total. The enormous tank is 20 metres high and 60 metres in diameter. Its full capacity is 50 million litres.
A wide area in around the Hornhavenweg was evacuated although the authorities say there is no risk to the area.
But the transfer of the petrol to another tank has to be done very carefully as the fuel must not come in contact with statistic electricity or other potential sources of ignition. The fire department is staying in close contact with the weather service KNMI as thunder storms are one possible source of statistic electricity.
BP has obtained additional fire-fighting foam from other fuel suppliers in case things go wrong.
The cause of the leak is under investigation.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news