China’s Sinopec to allocate HK$10m to clean up PP spill

10 August 2012 10:47  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--China’s Sinopec will channel Hong Kong dollars (HK$) 10m ($1.3m) to the Hong Kong government to clean up 150 tonnes of polypropylene (PP) pellets spilled into the sea on 23 July, a company source said on Friday.

The spill occurred when a ship transporting cargoes, including six containers of 150 tonnes of PP from Sinopec’s south China sales branch office, was hit by typhoon Vicente, causing the PP pellets to spill into the sea, the source said.

The ship was chartered by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), which Sinopec has a shipping contract with, and was travelling from Nanshan to Shantou of the Guangdong province in southern China, the source added.

The PP pellets and their packaging bags have also polluted Hong Kong’s Lamma Island and seawaters, said the source.

Sinopec expressed its apologies over the spill and indicated that the company will cooperate actively with the Hong Kong government in its clean-up efforts, Sinopec’s spokesman Lv Dapeng said in a press conference held on 9 August in Hong Kong.

The PP pellets, which can be used in food packaging, are tasteless and non-poisonous, Lv added.

Although the judicial and administrative institutions have yet to hold anyone responsible for the incident, Sinopec will cooperate actively in the cleaning up of the pellets, said Lv.

The company will allocate additional funds for the clean up if needed, according to Lv.

 “We thank all volunteers for their assistance, participating in clean-up operations, as well as Sinopec International (Hong Kong) Company Limited for helping out, including making available vacuum cleaners for clean-up operations,” a Hongkong government spokesman said on 8 August.

($1 =  HK$7.76)

By: Viola Pan
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