6 June 2024

Star Petroleum Refining (SPRC), the company behind the oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand two weeks ago in January, revealed today (Thursday) that there has been another spill and has asked for 5,000 litres of dispersants from the Pollution Control Department.

According to the company, the new leak, estimated to be 5,000 litres, is classified as “Tier 1” (code silver), which means that the leak is no more than 20 tonnes. So far, related authorities, including the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Air Force have been called in to help.

Director-General of the Pollution Control Department Atthaphol Charoenchansa, revealed that the spill is in the same area as the last leak. The pipeline, which was the source of the previous spill, is currently being repaired.

He also said that the 5,000 litres of dispersants being requested by SPRC is more than necessary to contain the spill.

SPRC was responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf on January 25th, in which a reported 47,000 litres of crude oil leaked into the sea.

The effects, both short and long term, on the marine environment and coastal life are being evaluated, particularly on the Mae Ram Phueng beach, where the spill adversely affected local tourism and businesses.