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Elgas Port Botany Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP)

Elgas Limited Sydney Cavern, herein referred to as Elgas, is located at 30 Friendship Road, Port Botany NSW 2036.Tel: (02) 8336 4200
The facility operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Elgas holds Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) 10698. The Scheduled Activities in the EPL are Chemical Storage and Shipping in Bulk.
The following Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) is a modified version completed in accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) (General) Amendment (Pollution Incident Response Management Plans) Regulation 2012, Chapter 7 part 3A. This website version of the PIRMP has been modified to be available to the public on our website in line with POEO requirements. A copy of the full PIRMP is maintained at the premises in Friendship Road, Port Botany NSW.
 
The objectives of Elgas’ PIRMP are to:
  • Ensure comprehensive and timely communication about a pollution incident to staff at the premises, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), other relevant authorities specified in the Act (such as local councils, NSW Ministry of Health, WorkCover NSW, and Fire and Rescue NSW) and people outside the facility who may be affected by the impacts of the pollution incident
  • Minimise and control the risk of a pollution incident at the facility by requiring identification of risks and the development of planned actions to minimise and manage those risks
  • Ensure that the plan is properly implemented by trained staff, identifying persons responsible for implementing it, and ensuring that the plan is regularly tested for accuracy, currency and suitability.

Authority Contact Details

If the emergency is an environmental incident which causes or threatens to cause material harm to the environment or human health, Elgas is to firstly call 000 if the incident presents an immediate threat. Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Police and the NSW Ambulance Service are the first contacts, as they are responsible for controlling and containing incidents.
 
If the incident does not require an initial combat agency, or after the 000 call has been made, Elgas is to notify the relevant authorities in the following order. The 24-hour hotline for each authority is given when available.
 
If the emergency is an environmental incident which causes or threatens to cause material harm to the environment or human health, the following authorities will be informed immediately:
 
  • Appropriate Regulatory Authority (ARA) is the EPA (131 555)
  • South Eastern Sydney Public Health, via Randwick Office (02 9382 8333 B/H) or Prince of Wales Hospital (02 9382 2222 A/H) and ask for Public Health Nurse on call
  • WorkCover NSW (13 10 50)
  • Randwick City Council (02 9399 0999, or after hours emergency 02 9937 2450)
  • Fire and Rescue NSW (000)

Procedure for Notification of Incident to Surrounding Areas

In the event of a significant incident it is important that site neighbours are kept informed of the status of the event throughout the emergency. This gives them the opportunity to take appropriate action to protect their facilities from any knock-on effect, and to evacuate their personnel if required. The Elgas Emergency Commander is responsible for notifying neighbouring premises via the Port Botany emergency radio system.
 
The type of information to be given to neighbours will depend on the nature of the emergency. For a potential airborne pollution incident, the initial advice could say:
“Close windows and doors, switch off air conditioners and remain inside.”
 
While the consequences of most emergency scenarios are expected to be confined within the Elgas site, it is possible for some offsite impact onto neighbouring premises depending on the type of emergency and prevailing weather conditions.
 
The largest potential pollution hazards for the site are:
  • Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere
  • Liquid spill to the ground or waterway
In the instance of an air emission pollution incident, neighbours downwind of the release are notified first. If a liquid spill pollution incident occurred the site is contained using absorbent granules or rolls and recovered into suitable containers.

Neighbouring Businesses and Residents

Should an emergency be reported from a neighbouring Port Botany facility, which is deemed to include the Bulk Liquids Berth (BLB) when Elgas is not the berth operator, and all pipeline corridors when Elgas is not using its pipeline for transfer, the Rostered Operations Controller is to assess the situation based on the message(s) received, if considered necessary, the Elgas ERP is to be activated.
Once this has been done, all emergency and evacuation procedures including the notification and evacuation of neighbours are the responsibility of the emergency services.
Initially persons living and working in the vicinity are contacted via the Port Emergency Radio System. Secondly, neighbour notifications and updates during an incident are completed by Elgas via phone. A complete community contact list including company name, 24 hour contact, personnel position and potential hazards for the site is included below in Table 1. 
Table 1: Elgas Port Botany Neighbouring Industries/Businesses Contact Details
COMPANY NAME
24 HOUR PHONE
POSITION
POTENTIAL HAZARD
QENOS
(02) 9666 4028
Terminal Manager
Unlikely any offsite effects
ORIGIN ENERGY
(02) 9316 3800
Terminal Manager
Unlikely any offsite effects
TERMINALS
(02) 9316 9743
Operations Manager (security will answer after hours)
 
Unlikely any offsite effects
VOPAC TERMINALS AUSTRALIA
 
(02) 9666 4455
Operations Supervisor (security will answer after hours)
 
Release of pressurised LPG liquid in the Tanker Loading Bays could impact on exposed personnel.
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel.
SYDNEY PORTS CORPORATION
 
(02) 9666 4906
 
(02) 9296 4000
SPC BLB office
 
SPC Harbour Control
 
Release of refrigerated LPG liquid, or pressurised LPG could impact depending on weather conditions.
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel.
DP WORLD
(02) 9394 0900
Operations Manager
 
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel.
To assist the Elgas Emergency Commander to determine the potential for offsite  impact, and therefore which neighbouring premises to notify, the emergency procedures in the onsite PIRMP include an assessment of the potential infrastructure likely to be affected by the identified potential major accident events on site. The PIRMP also contains consequence contour maps for all the LPG fire scenarios covered by this emergency plan, to assist in determining the potential onsite and offsite impact of these emergencies.

Evacuation of Neighbouring Premises

It is the responsibility of the Police in consultation with the Fire Brigade, to take any appropriate action such as evacuation of neighbouring premises. Elgas personnel may assist the decision making process by providing technical information to the emergency services.
With the emergency declared over the Elgas Emergency Commander will advise other involved Elgas and contractor personnel by radio and telephone as appropriate. The Elgas Emergency Commander will also notify neighbours affected by the emergency.
 

Elgas Blacktown Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP)

Elgas Limited Blacktown, herein referred to as Elgas, is located at 22 Holbeche Road, Arndell Park NSW 2148.

The facility operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Elgas holds Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) 20023. The Scheduled Activities in the EPL are Chemical Storage.

The following Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) is a modified version completed in accordance with the Protection of the Environment Operations (POEO) (General) Amendment (Pollution Incident Response Management Plans) Regulation 2012, Chapter 7 part 3A. This website version of the PIRMP has been modified to be available to the public on our website in line with POEO requirements. A copy of the full PIRMP is maintained at the premises in Holbeche Road, Arndell Park NSW 2148.

 The objectives of Elgas’ PIRMP are to:                      

  • Ensure comprehensive and timely communication about a pollution incident to staff at the premises, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), other relevant authorities specified in the Act (such as local councils, NSW Ministry of Health, WorkCover NSW, and Fire and Rescue NSW) and people outside the facility who may be affected by the impacts of the pollution incident
  • Minimise and control the risk of a pollution incident at the facility by requiring identification of risks and the development of planned actions to minimise and manage those risks
  • Ensure that the plan is properly implemented by trained staff, identifying persons responsible for implementing it, and ensuring that the plan is regularly tested for accuracy, currency and suitability.

Authority Contact Details

If the emergency is an environmental incident which causes or threatens to cause material harm to the environment or human health, Elgas is to firstly call 000 if the incident presents an immediate threat. Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Police and the NSW Ambulance Service are the first contacts, as they are responsible for controlling and containing incidents.

If the incident does not require an initial combat agency, or after the 000 call has been made, Elgas is to notify the relevant authorities in the following order. The 24-hour hotline for each authority is given when available.

If the emergency is an environmental incident which causes or threatens to cause material harm to the environment or human health, the following authorities will be informed immediately:

PROTOCOL FOR INDUSTRY NOTIFICATION OF POLLUTION INCIDENTS

Firstly, call 000 if the incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property. Fire & Rescue NSW, the NSW Police and the NSW Ambulance Service are the first responders, as they are responsible for controlling and containing incidents.

If the incident does not require an initial combat agency, or once the 000 call has been made, notify the relevant authorities in the following order. The 24-hour hotline for each authority is given when available:

Ÿ     EPA – phone Environment Line on 131 555

Ÿ     Ministry of Health, via Parramatta Office – phone (02) 9840 3603 (B/H) or (02) 9845 5555 (A/H – Westmead Hospital) and ask for Public Health Officer on call

Ÿ     WorkCover – phone 13 10 50

Ÿ     Blacktown Council – phone (02) 9839 6000

Ÿ     Fire and Rescue NSW – phone 000

Procedure for Notification of Incident to Surrounding Areas

In the event of a significant incident it is important that site neighbours are kept informed of the status of the event throughout the emergency. This gives them the opportunity to take appropriate action to protect their facilities from any knock-on effect, and to evacuate their personnel if required. The Elgas Emergency Commander is responsible for calling the national Call centre to request them to notifying neighbouring premises via the ERP neighbouring business list.

The type of information to be given to neighbours will depend on the nature of the emergency. For a potential airborne pollution incident, the initial advice could say:

“Close windows and doors, switch off air conditioners and remain inside.”

While the consequences of most emergency scenarios are expected to be confined within the Elgas site, it is possible for some offsite impact onto neighbouring premises depending on the type of emergency and prevailing weather conditions.

The largest potential pollution hazards for the site are:
  • Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere
  • Liquid spill to the ground or waterway
In the instance of an air emission pollution incident, neighbours downwind of the release are notified first. If a liquid spill pollution incident occurred the site is contained using absorbent granules or rolls and recovered into suitable containers.

Neighbouring Businesses and Residents

Should an emergency be reported from a neighbouring Arndell Park facility, the Plant Manager or Operations Manager or Emergency Controller is to assess the situation based on the message(s) received, if considered necessary, the Elgas ERP is to be activated.
Once this has been done, all emergency and evacuation procedures including the notification and evacuation of neighbours are the responsibility of the emergency services.
Initially persons living and working in the vicinity are contacted by the National Call Centre vi. Secondly, neighbour notifications and updates during an incident are completed by Elgas via phone. A complete community contact list including company name, 24 hour contact, personnel position and potential hazards for the site is included below in Table 1.
 
Table 1: Elgas Blacktown Neighbouring Industries/Businesses Contact Details
ID
Company Name
Address
Phone B/H
Potential Hazard
1
Hi-Tech Skylites
20 Holbeche Road
02 9831 3988
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel
2
K&K Glass
20 Holbeche Road
02 96721899
As above
3
Versa Cold
21 Holbeche Road
02 8811 7300
Unlikely any offsite effects
4
Eastern Portable Buildings
25 Holbeche Road
02 8811 6300
Unlikely any offsite effects
5
Produce One
27 Holbeche Road
02 9831 7600
Unlikely any offsite effects
6
ELGAS
24 Holbeche Road
-
 
7-2
Orixi Cafe
26 Holbeche Road
02 9671 2496
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel
7-3
Interequip
26 Holbeche Road
0414 794 930
As above
7-4
MC Automotive Services
26 Holbeche Road
02 9672 1020
As above
8
QC Communications
8 Kenoma Place
02 9676 4644
As above
9
All Castle Homes
10 Kenoma Place
02 9672 7055
As above
10
Forkserve
12 Kenoma Place
02 9672 1288
As above
11
Barline Industrial Plastics
14 Kenoma Place
02 9672 1119
As above
12
NCSS Supply Services
16 Kenoma Place
02 9421 1200
As above
13
VACANT
18 Kenoma Place
-
Unlikely any offsite effects
14-1
Pro-fit towbars & bullbars
23 Lidco Street
0412092962
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel
14-2
Road Freight
23 Lidco Street
0433 337 523
As above
15
Atrium Lighting & T&S Khan
21 Lidco Street
02 9679 8815
As above
16
Consolidated Chemical Co.
19 Lidco Street
02 9672 8700
Release of pressurised LPG liquid in the Tanker Loading Bays could impact on exposed personnel.
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel.
17
VACANT SITE
-
-
Unlikely any offsite effects
18
Gummerson Fabric
2 Squill Place
02 9672 4744
Unlikely any offsite effects
19
Minova
3 Squill Place
03 4350 8700
Unlikely any offsite effects
20
K&K Glass
1 Squill Place
0450 968 772
Release of vapour or smoke to the atmosphere could impact exposed personnel.
21
Metso Minerals
16 Lidco Street
02 88251600
As above
22
DHL
18 Lidco Street
02 9671 0500
As above
23
Polycell
20 Lidco Street
02 9672 1515
As above
24
Polycell
22 Lidco Street
02 9672 1515
 
 
To assist the Elgas Emergency Commander to determine the potential for offsite impact, and therefore which neighbouring premises to notify, the emergency procedures in the onsite PIRMP include an assessment of the potential infrastructure likely to be affected by the identified potential major accident events on site. The PIRMP also contains consequence contour maps for all the LPG fire scenarios covered by this emergency plan, to assist in determining the potential onsite and offsite impact of these emergencies.

Evacuation of Neighbouring Premises

It is the responsibility of the Police in consultation with the Fire Brigade, to take any appropriate action such as evacuation of neighbouring premises. Elgas personnel may assist the decision making process by providing technical information to the emergency services.

With the emergency declared over the Elgas Emergency Commander will advise other involved Elgas and contractor personnel by radio and telephone as appropriate. The Elgas Emergency Commander will also notify neighbours affected by the emergency.