Residents concerned at number of alarms at Vopak oil terminal

RESIDENTS who live near to the Vopak Oil terminal in West Thurrock have expressed their concerns at the number of times the emergency alarm has sounded in recent weeks.

YT understands that the emergency alarm was raised on August 6th, September 5th and most recently on October 15th causing resident to wonder if there are problems at the plant that they should be aware of?

According to documents seen by YT, the alarm on September 5th was due to “a small spillage on site but being a large road fuel storage terminal (petrol and diesel) (Vopak) treat any spillage very carefully to prevent it escalating into a major emergency.

“As soon as they confirmed that persons on site were accounted for and the spillage made safe the alarm was stopped.”

The alarm sounded again around 2am on Tuesday October 15th and, according to residents sounded for over fifteen minutes.

Back In April, twelve fire crews tackled an incident involving a diesel storage tank.

YT has attempted to contact site manager, Alan Edwards but he had not replied to our questions at the time of publication.

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