SCDF investigating orange fumes from storage tank at Tuas plant

Photo of the orange smoke coming from a management plant in Tuas, and of SCDF using water jets on the smoke.
Photo of the orange smoke coming from a management plant in Tuas, and of SCDF using water jets on the smoke.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO READER
Photo of the orange smoke coming from a management plant in Tuas, and of SCDF using water jets on the smoke.
Photo of the orange smoke coming from a management plant in Tuas, and of SCDF using water jets on the smoke.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO READER

SINGAPORE - Orange fumes poured from a storage tank at a plant in Tuas on Monday (Oct 26), alarming workers in the area.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said they were alerted to the incident at 10a Tuas Avenue 12 at 11.17am.

The waste fumes, which came from a storage tank, were dispersed with two water jets within 15 minutes, SCDF said.

The fumes were contained within the premises, and no one was hurt in the incident. Ten people self-evacuated before SCDF officers arrived.

The incident is being investigated, a spokesman from NSL OilChem Waste Management Pte Ltd told The Straits Times.

"We are currently working with the relevant authorities and it is not appropriate to comment at this point," the spokesman said. She confirmed that no one was hurt.

Witnesses said that the fumes reeked, and the police cordoned off about 500m of the road near the plant, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.

SCDF sent three fire engines, one ambulance and four support vehicles to the location.