Singapore closely monitoring situation at Petronas facility in Johor after explosion: NEA

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
A worker passes by the boundaries of the completed Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) in Pengerang on 26 February, 2019. (Reuters file photo)
A worker passes by the boundaries of the completed Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) in Pengerang on 26 February, 2019. (Reuters file photo)

SINGAPORE — The National Environment Agency (NEA) is closely monitoring the situation as well as the air quality in Singapore, following the explosion that took place at a Petronas oil and gas facility in Pengerang, Johor in the early hours of Friday morning (12 April).

In a statement on Friday, the NEA noted that the 24-hr Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) has been in the low-moderate range since 1am, while the 1-hour PM2.5 readings remained in Band I (Normal).

“The ambient levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) along Singapore’s coast remain within safe levels. As of 12pm on Friday, NEA has not received any related local feedback that could be traced to the reported explosion,” said an agency spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that the prevailing winds over the Republic are expected to be light and blowing from the southwest or southeast for the next few days.

The agency is also in contact with the Department of Environment (Johor).

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