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PTT Plc has successfully closed gas valve of its leaking gas tube in the Gulf of Thailand, and the operation is under way to clear seawater and humidity out of the pipeline before resuming normal gas transmission.
According to PTT Upstream Petroleum and Gas Business Group Chief Operating Officer Pailin Chuchottaworn, aquanauts have successfully closed the valve of the fractured pipeline in order to mend the problematic branches.
The PTT is now investigating damages to the main pipe. Seawater is expected inside, and it will take time to remove water and humidity from the pipeline. The PTT then will test the system again to ensure that gas transmission will resume as fast as possible.
As for fuel substitution, the PTT has been supplying bunker oil to power plants adequately. Part of the oil is domestically produced while other 30 million litres have been imported.
The PTT has also prepared additional 70,000 tons of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) this July to meet local demand. Meanwhile, the operation of the gas separation unit is still running as usual.