Emergency response exercise tests preparedness

Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd (Hengyi) in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) organised a Tier 3 Emergency Response Tabletop Exercise (TTX) at Pulau Muara Besar Industrial Park (PMB) recently.

The exercise tested Hengyi, government and private sector agencies response plan readiness in managing a major incident and evacuation at PMB to minimise risks and avoid casualties.

The TTX simulated a gas leak from a pipe connected to Deheptanizer Feed – Parex Feed in the Aromatics Complex Unit.

Hengyi’s Emergency Response Team and Emergency Coordination Team were activated as the first line of responders to carry out the evacuation. A total of 95 personnel from 19 agencies were involved in the exercise.

The ministries and agencies participated in the TTX included the Ministry of Health; Royal Brunei Police Force; NDMC; Fire and Rescue Department, Ministry of Home Affairs; Emergency Medical Ambulance Services, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital; Radio Television Brunei, Prime Minister’s Office; Royal Brunei Armed Forces; Information Department, Prime Minister’s Office; Department of Fisheries; Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Development; Brunei-Muara District Office, Ministry of Home Affairs; National Security Coordination Centre (NSCC); Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam; DARe (Darussalam Enterprise); and Damai Holdings Limited.

Representatives from the Ministry of Energy; Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA); and Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam observed and evaluated
the exercise.

Hengyi previously conducted several Industry Tier 1, 2 and 3 Emergency Response Exercises. Tier 1 Emergency Response Exercise simulates a small-scale incident that can be managed by Hengyi, Tier 2 simulates an emergency incident in a localised area, and Tier 3 simulates an emergency incident that escalated to a national-level incident.

Hengyi completed a Tier 3 Emergency Response Exercise as part of the conditions for verifying Hengyi’s readiness under the Workplace Safety and Health Order, 2009 and Workplace Safety and Health (Facilities) (Control of Major Accident Hazards) Regulations, 2013 on September 19, 2019.

Participants during the tabletop exercise. PHOTO: HENGYI