Update from City Management following gas explosion at Parkland Drive
- Written by arounddb, 2 November 2016
On September 9, a gas explosion in the meter room of 5 Parkland Drive caused damage to the property and raised concerns among the community about the safety of gas works in the area.
Luckily nobody was injured in the incident, however some facilities of common areas and individual units were damaged, including main doors, glazing and some equipment in the meter room. Repair and replacement of the damaged facilities is in progress.
City Management has been working closely with the relevant suppliers since the incident to ensure residents' safety, and has provided the following update to Around DB:
"At the time of immediate inspection, the LPG supplier ExxonMobil found that a section of LP gas underground pipe nearby was leaking. The identified leaking pipe has since been replaced. The case was reported to the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) and the Fire Services Department (FSD) immediately for further investigation of the root cause since the leaking pipe was at a distance from the meter room.
City Management implemented the following checks and preventive measures immediately after the incident:
- ExxonMobil checked the gas distribution piping network at Parkland Drive to confirm that it is in good working order.
- All underground cables and lead-in ducts inside all meter rooms at Parkland Drive have been resealed to prevent seepage of any underground gas.
- Combustible gas detection checks have been conducted on a daily basis in all Parkland Drive meter rooms.
To further enhance the preventive measures, City Management will purchase additional gas detectors for the meter rooms at other villages of a similar design. Also, in accordance with the EMSD’s guidelines, we will ensure biennial pressure tests are conducted by the maintenance contractor for all underground LP gas pipes, on top of the annual visual inspections and safety checkups. Furthermore, the contractor has committed to enhancing the safety of all underground pipes in 2016/ 17, including the enforcement of anti-corrosion coating measurements and installation of pipe route markers."