Preventive PVN action minimizes damage from year’s 9th storm

09:00 | 10/11/2020 Companies

(VEN) - On the morning of October 28, this year’s ninth storm landed in Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces with winds of 90-115 km/h. In preparation for Storm Molave, the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN or PetroVietnam) directed its member units in affected areas to take preventive measures, minimizing damages.

preventive pvn action minimizes damage from years 9th storm
BSR staff cleaning up after the storm

According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, heavy rain and strong winds caused power outrages across 400 communes, wards and towns in 10 central region and Central Highland provinces. In Da Nang, the storm resulted in 47 percent power cuts, in Quang Nam 71 percent, in Quang Ngai 100 percent, in Binh Dinh 93 percent, in Phu Yen 55 percent and in Gia Lai 20 percent. Initially, two injuries were reported in Binh Dinh Province and winds knocked down three houses and blew off the roofs of 485 houses and one school.

The Dung Quat Economic Zone (Quang Ngai Province) located in the landing zone experienced heavy rain, strong winds and high waves, and roofs of many offices and houses were blown off causing heavy damages.

Deputy Director of the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Cao Tuan Si said the plant operated safely, stably and continuously during the storm. Thanks to directions from PetroVietnam and from leaders of the Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Joint Stock Company (BSR), the plant only suffered minor damages with a few roofs at pumping stations and temporary houses blown off, and some damage to trees.

preventive pvn action minimizes damage from years 9th storm
People in Phuoc Thien Village, Binh Hai Commune shelter at the Van Tuong collective living quarter

Previously, on October 27, BSR and the authority of Binh Hai Commune (Binh Son District) evacuated more than 400 people in Phuoc Thien Village, Binh Hai Commune to shelter at the Van Tuong collective living quarter and also worked out plans to support local people in the affected area.

Similarly, the Dung Quat Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (DQS) had no major damages thanks to its active prevention measures, only suffering a few broken trees.

The DQS Steering Committee for Floods, Storms and Disaster Prevention inspected the status of workshops, material warehouses, petroleum depots, offices, equipment and machines and cut and pruned trees likely to fall.

Director of the Galilean 7 ship repair and conversion project coordinated with ship owners and manufacturing facilities to plan storm prevention for docked ships such as fastening and reinforcing deck equipment; checking the status of buoys, and maintaining round-the-clock pump station operations.

preventive pvn action minimizes damage from years 9th storm
The Dung Quat Oil Refinery operated safely, stably and continuously during the ninth storm

Manh Chung