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Home > News & Events > Testing incident response preparedness: CPC’s Taoyuan Refinery joins with other organizations in carrying out a major disaster prevention drill

Testing incident response preparedness: CPC’s Taoyuan Refinery joins with other organizations in carrying out a major disaster prevention drill

Testing incident response preparedness: CPC’s Taoyuan Refinery joins with other organizations in carrying out a major disaster prevention drill

CPC's Taoyuan Refinery partnered with its host local government to initiate the 2016 Taoyuan City Government and Taoyuan Refinery Expanded Disaster Prevention Joint Drill at 2:00 pm on 2 August. The exercise was jointly presided over by Mr Paul L.W. Chen, President and then-Acting Chairman of CPC and Mr Wen-Tsan Cheng, Mayor of Taoyuan City. The object of the drill was to test the Taoyuan Refinery's competence in safety measures, firefighting, emergency response and handling hazardous chemicals; also under scrutiny were inter-departmental cooperation, logistical support and site/city joint response capacity.

 

The on-site drill lasted for two hours and set out to simulate a very severe but yet realistic incident scenario: a magnitude-7.2 earthquake caused the refinery's No.1 heavy oil hydro-desulfurization unit to spit out extremely hot processed crude, inflicting multiple injuries on workers and starting major fires. Then the after-shocks led to a high-volume leak of hydrogen sulfide gas, with further injury to those nearby. The drill was designed to test the deployment of people and equipment on site in the refinery itself, with the further aim of examining the effectiveness of its current HSE program and disaster handling preparedness. In addition, by being held jointly the drill was intended to boost coordination and cooperation between key people from the Refinery, Taoyuan City Government’s Fire Department and other relevant agencies.

 

A CPC spokesperson added that as well as the drill involving not only its Taoyuan Refinery but also the Fire Department and Environmental Protection Department of Taoyuan City government, yet other organizations played a part. These included the ROC military's Third Army Logistics Command, chemical engineers from the Sixth Army Corps and the Reserve Command of the Ministry of National Defense at Taoyuan. Additional participants were the Northern Center for Emergency Response to Toxic Substances, Taoyuan Airport Corporation and a number of other agencies. In all, more than 300 people and over 50 specialized vehicles were mobilized: fire engines, ambulances, toxic materials response units, earthquake and other rescue trucks and even a helicopter with aerial photography capability.

 

CPC made every effort to incorporate the most accurate and realistic conditions into the joint exercise, on the assumption that more thorough and more comprehensive preparation for routine drills will help contain  injuries to people and damage to property to the minimum if and when the real thing happens.

 

2 August 2016