Flame on! Durban refinery puts emergency plan to the test

03 October 2018 | Web Article Number: ME201812018

Disaster Management
Fire Protection
Occupational Health
Flame on! Durban refinery puts emergency plan to the test

THE Engen Refinery in South Durban supported by emergency services conducted a major simulated emergency exercise recently.

The purpose was to test the On-Site Emergency Plan (OSEP) that is followed during emergencies. The OSEP is in place to ensure the safety of people, to minimise environmental impact and preserve assets.

The exercise simulated of a crude tank fire and patient rescue at the refinery’s Oil Movement and Storage Unit. Engen Emergency and Operations teams collaborated with eThekwini Fire and Emergency Services and the South African Police Services to bring the simulated situation safely under control.

According to the company, emergency exercises also test the interaction of the refinery and its mutual aid partners in the public sector such as the city councillors, community representatives and the media.

A group of local evaluators and independent assessors from Engen’s parent company, PETRONAS observed the exercise to identify any shortcomings or ways in which procedures could be improved. The company said local evaluators agreed that there was improvement since the last exercise. The PETRONAS evaluators shared best practices and recommendations for more improvement.

“The site of the simulation was well managed and there was a good interaction and communication amongst all key stakeholders to bring the situation under control,” said Eric Zondi, Chief Fire officer at the Transnet Fire Department.

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