PRESS STATEMENT ON SPILLAGE AT MUKURU
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September 12th, 2011
There was spillage of petroleum products from the by-pass between Nairobi-Mombasa pipeline (Line I) and Nairobi-Eldoret pipeline (Line IV).
Upon detection of product spillage, the Nairobi-Mombasa pipeline was shut down immediately and Nairobi Terminal receiving Station isolated. The section of the pipeline was depressurized and emergency response initiated to the site to contain spillage which had flowed to the storm water drain leading to Mukuru- Sinai Area.
A team of KPC Engineers was immediately dispatched to the site and the storm drain was blocked to stop further product flow into the storm drain.
KPC also dispatched Security and Administration Police to Mukuru-Sinai area to carry out crowd control and further surveillance to ensure safety. Later, smoke was noted billowing from the Mukuru-Sinai area as fire had apparently broken out.
With the ensuing fire at Mukuru-Sinai a number of lives have been lost, a number of people injured and property destroyed. At the moment the exact number has not been confirmed.
The incident is regrettable and sincere condolences go to the families and friends of those affected by the unfortunate fire incident.
We also wish those injured during this unfortunate incident quick recovery.
The Company contacted the following institutions to reinforce, the KPC team that had already dispatched 2 fire engines to the scene.
- Kenya Police
- Kenya Airports Authority
- Nairobi City Council Fire Brigade
- National Disaster Centre
- Kenya Army
- St John’s Ambulance
Oil Marketers were alerted to initiate their emergency response plan.
KPC is grateful that all these institutions promptly responded to our call for help.
It has come to our attention that some members of the public are in possession of the spilled product. We wish to caution that the product is highly inflammable and must not be used.
Members of the public are advised not to buy petroleum products from unlicensed persons.
We further wish to assure our stakeholders and the general public that the situation has been brought under control. KPC has set up an information desk at Kenpipe Plaza to deal with inquiries. We can be reached on 020-26065600-4.
Mr. Selest Kilinda
Kenya Pipeline Corporation