400 Workers Evacuated Following Radioactive Leak

Over 400 workers at an oilrig off southern Viet Nam’s Vung Tau City were evacuated yesterday after a radioactive source was lost.

An oilrig (for illustration purposes only)

At 2:30 pm, experts from Alpha Company Limited which is being contracted to use radiographic equipment to check for cracks and welding deterioration at the Bunga Orkid D (BOD) oilrig off Ha Luu Port found a radioactive source missing.

This radioactive bar is used to inspect the rig’s welding joints.

Immediately, over 400 workers were evacuated. It was suspected that a worker from the M&C Petroleum Technical Services Company - the oilrig owner – had accidentally dropped the radioactive source at roughly 11:40 am the same day.

It took over 3 hours to locate and retrieve the misplaced radioactive source.

The site is being cordoned off and all workers examined for contamination.

Anpha had a similar problem at Hyundai-Vinashin Shipyard Ltd. in central Khanh Hoa province in 2002.

Viet Nam is upgrading security for its radioactive sources. It is housing 188 industrial and healthcare establishments having a total 1,961 radioactive sources.

It currently has one nuclear reactor in central highlands Lam Dong province and plans to build its first nuclear power plant between 2015 and 2020.

By P.H.N – Translated by BH

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