WIOC reports progress in recovery from jet fuel leak

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The West Indies Oil Company (WIOC) says it has made “significant progress toward full restoration” following a jet fuel line leak that sent it scrambling on Sunday.

WIOC yesterday issued an update to its initial press release regarding the leak of jet fuel in the Fort Road area from a ruptured line to the airport on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

“The West Indies Oil Company reiterates that the leak was contained in the public drain and as a result no product leaked onto private properties. The site of the leak was identified in the vicinity of Wenty’s Apartments and Toy Toy Restaurant in upper Fort Road.

“The ruptured line has since been repaired by our maintenance and terminal staff, who undertook the requisite emergency procedures to mitigate the impact from the leak. The leak site remains excavated as we are currently working with other agencies to complete the operation and fully restore the roadway. We expect this to be completed by close of business on Wednesday May 1, 2019.

“The drains around the leak site continue to be thoroughly flushed to remove any residue of the fuel. Motorists and residents are being urged to continue avoiding the area due to the ongoing operations.”

WIOC expressed appreciation for “the support of the residents and business operators in the community and adjacent areas for their patience and understanding” as it works to restore normalcy.

WIOC also expressed regret for “the inconvenience and disruption this incident has caused” and reaffirmed its “commitment to the highest standards of safety” in its operations.

The WIOC fuel line runs from its intake terminal at Runaway Bay through the community of Yorks and continues along a route – clearly marked to prevent accidental excavation or other possible damage – to the V.C. Bird International Airport for aviation use.

The cause of Sunday’s leak has not yet been conclusively determined, but a reliable source told us that sabotage or tampering were never considered as possibilities.

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