1,305 households in Jurong West affected by gas supply disruption

Twelve Housing Board blocks at Jurong West Street 65 are without gas as a result of a gas leak from a damaged underground pipe.
Twelve Housing Board blocks at Jurong West Street 65 are without gas as a result of a gas leak from a damaged underground pipe.PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

SINGAPORE - More than a thousand households are without gas in Jurong West after a gas disruption on Friday (May 5) afternoon, caused by a gas leak from a damaged underground pipe.

As a result, 1,305 households in 12 Housing Board blocks at Jurong West Street 65 are without gas, SP Group said in a media statement on Friday.

The blocks affected are: Blocks 663A, 663B, 663C, 663D, 664A, 664B, 664C, 664D, 665A, 665B, 666A and 666B.

The disruption began at 3.14pm on Friday, due to a gas leak. Third-party contractor Gerrich International had been carrying out works at an underground pipe when the pipe was damaged.

A fire broke out at the void deck of Block 663D as a result of the gas leak, and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) put out the fire.

SP Group said it immediately dispatched its engineers to the site, and said its priority was to ensure the safety of everyone in the vicinity.

Valves to the group's gas pipes were shut off as a precautionary measure and to isolate the leak while engineers repair the damaged pipe and restore supply.

A spokesman for SP Group told ST they are unable to provide a specific time for when the gas supply will be restored, and told readers to refer to SP Group's Facebook page and its website for more updates.

SP Group said in a Facebook post at 8.21pm on Friday that gas supply was restored to eight blocks by 7.20pm.

Gas supply to the remaining blocks were restored by 9pm, an SP Group spokesman told ST.

SCDF told ST that it received a call for help at 4.10pm at Block 663D and dispatched a fire engine and two fire bikes.

The fire, which involved an underground piping system located outside the block, was extinguished by SP Group, who shut off the piping mains.

SCDF assisted by applying a small amount of foam over the piping cover.

No one was injured, and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

For more information, call the CityGas hotline at 1800-752-1800.