Sun, Feb 13, 2011
300 tonnes of hydrocholoric acid leaked in Singapore
300 tonnes of hydrochloric acid leakage at a chemical plant in the West
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Singapore - 300 metric tonnes of hydrochloric acid leaked from a chemical processing plant in Jalan Samulun - West of Singapore - yesterday morning.

Acid leaked from a damaged tank owned by Chemical Industry Far East Limited. However, the leakage was confined to the bund walls enclosing the plant.

When contacted, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told AsiaOne that no one was injured in the incident.

The SCDF set up ground monitors and used water to neutralise the vapour and dilute the leakage. The remnants of the leakage has since been pumped into an empty storage tank.

Three fire engines, two fire bikes and five support appliances, including a Hazardous Material (HazMat) team, were deployed to handle the situation.

Further investigation by the NEA revealed that there was no hydrochloric acid fumes detected beyond the company premises during the incident.

In an email to citizen journalism website STOMP, a witness, 'Jim', said he saw what looked like an explosion happen at the scene.

"There was an explosion and fire incident occurred at the West side of Singapore at a chemical processing plants in the morning yesterday (Feb 12)."

He also said that "Some chemical leaked into drain as well."

However, the SCDF spokesperson was unable to confirm whether an explosion had occurred or whether it was an explosion that caused the leakage.

When contacted, the National Environment Agency acknowledged the incident and said that further details will be released pending the completion of investigations.

The agency also said that there was no leakage of chemicals into the watercourses around the factory.

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