Paradip refinery conducts disaster mock drill

Report by Kahnu Nanda, Jagatsinghpur: Paradip Refinery conducted onsite and offsite disaster mock drill simultaneously on Friday, to ensure the system adequacy & emergency preparedness measures as per Emergency Rescue and Disaster Management plan. The Mock drill was conducted with Chlorine Gas leakage scenario at Cooling Tower -3. The mock drill started at 11:00 AM and major disaster siren was given at 11:10 AM. All control measures were activated for effective mitigation of the emergency at site by F&S & CISF (Fire Wing) personnel. Automatic scheme of Cl2 absorption system came into service with activation of Cl2 gas sensor. Under Mutual Aid Scheme, firefighting team with fire tenders from neighbouring industries i.e. from Paradip Port Trust, IFFCO and PPL had responded and reached at the gas leak site. Official from District Administration Dr KC Dhir, ADM, Dept. of Fisheries, NDRF, Sarpanchas of nearby villages have also witnessed the mock drill. Response & control measures taken as per the protocols of Emergency Response & Disaster Management Plan were well coordinated and it was appreciated by all the authorities. More than 3000 contract workers were evacuated to safe location as a part of the exercise. Water curtains were created round the area to diffuse the Cl2 gas and clamping of the gas leakage point was done as per plan of the exercise. At 1200 hr, all clear siren was given after containment of gas leak. After the field exercise Shri T.D.V.S. Gopalakrishna, Executive Director and Refinery Head, Paradip Refinery chaired the de-briefing session of the exercise and minutely reviewed all the points. [Ends]