Employees at Atlantic LNG, Point Fortin, had to be evacuated yesterday after a leak was discovered in one of the plant's tanks. Atlantic LNG's communications specialist, Billson Hainsley confirmed the incident. However, he assured the situation was under control and work had resumed at the plant.
Reports reaching the T&T Guardian indicated that shortly after lunch, a leak was discovered at Atlantic's Tank "C" and employees had to be evacuated to the company's administrative office, Clifton Hill, Point Fortin. Half an hour later, all other employees on the plant were evacuated and made to wait under a tent as checks were carried out on the site. They complained that at train one, the alarm system failed and workers were left wondering where was the muster point.
An Atlantic LNG release issued last evening stated: "At approximately 1.15 pm yesterday at Atlantic's Point Fortin facility, two pressure safety valves lifted on Tank C, resulting in a temporary release of gas to atmosphere, which dissipated shortly after. The valves operated as per design.
"The release caused no harm to personnel or equipment, and Atlantic's facility continues normal operations," the release said. A technical team, the release stated, is on site "currently investigating the cause of the valves lifting." The release stated that "as a precautionary measure, personnel were evacuated from the adjacent GE Turbine maintenance workshop, and Atlantic technical personnel immediately rectified the situation." The all-clear was given for staff to resume work activities, the release added.