Exercise tests emergency response capabilities

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) and Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI), organised the Industry Tier 3 Safety Emergency Response Exercise yesterday.

The exercise from 9am to noon aimed to test and evaluate the robustness of Hengyi’s emergency response capabilities.

Around 600 Hengyi employees and about 100 people from various government agencies participated.

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Deputy Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretary were present.

The exercise involved a simulation of gas release and flash explosion at the Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline (LPG) Fractionation Unit and caused injury to personnel. The LPG Fractionation Unit is located within the Refinery and Petrochemical facility in the Eastern area of Pulau Muara Besar (PMB) Industrial Park.

The first line of emergency services, Hengyi On Scene Commander Team (OSCT), Emergency Coordination Team (ECT) and Crisis Management Team (CMT) were activated to manage the stakeholders and connect with the NDMC.

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein observes the Industry Tier 3 Safety Emergency Response Exercise. PHOTOS: HENGYI INDUSTRIES SDN BHD
Representatives from various government ministries and agencies during the exercise

Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the MEMI Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya said, “At the end of the day, it is about safeguarding the people, reducing impact to the environment and managing the reputation.”

“The exercise also tests Hengyi’s capabilities and standard operating procedures for each of the agencies involved. We are hoping if there are any gaps in the contingency, this is the time where we can learn of them and improve upon them,” he said.

Readiness of the oil refinery and petrochemical plant at PMB is regulated by the MEMI in collaboration with the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA). Control and monitoring on other aspects were also carried out together with other government ministries and agencies.

The government agencies involved were the Ministry of Health, Fire and Rescue Department, NDMC, Brunei-Muara District Office, National Security Committee, Royal Customs and Excise Department, Labour Department, Royal Brunei Armed Forces, the Emergency Medical Ambulance Services, Information Department, Royal Brunei Police Force, Department of Building Services of the Public Works Department, Immigration and National Registration Department, Radio Television Brunei, Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Maritime and Ports Authority of Brunei Darussalam.

The exercise aims to verify Hengyi’s readiness under the Workplace Safety and Health Order and Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations, 2013 before the plant is issued a licence to operate.