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New Asia-Pacific oil spill response centre opens in Loyang

Published on Jun 13, 2013 6:32 PM

Oil spill incidents in the Asia-Pacific can now be more effectively tackled with the opening on Thursday of a new base in Loyang by the global cooperative Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL).

The base is close to both Seletar and Changi Airports, where its response aircraft and air logistics support bases are, an advantage over its previous location in Jurong. It also has in its arsenal new deep sea well-capping technology intended to swiftly end damaging underwater well blowouts as seen in British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The new technology will be able to address spills at the majority of known underwater wells in the region. It can be deployed at depths of up to three kilometres.

On the base's expanded 9,500 sqm premises there is an in-house training facility and offices for 100 staff member.

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