Bulk LPG tank gas leak leads to evacuations in Plimmerton

A gas leak at the Shell Mana service station in Paremata this afternoon led to the evacuation of several nearby buildings.

The leak, first noticed at 12:35 this afternoon, allowed LPG to escape directly from the station's main bulk storage tank. The Fire Service, police and ambulance attended, along with Dangerous Goods Inspectors from both OSH and the Porirua City Council.

At the height of the emergency the Mana Medical Center & Pharmacy, Nicholsons liquor, Mitchell's restaurant and the Mana community policing office were evacuated, as all were immediately downwind of the leak. Occupants were allowed to return approximately thirty minutes later. Nicholsons, immediately adjacent to the leaking tank, was evacuated again at approximately 5:30pm.

District Chief Fire Officer Mike Smith of the Plimmerton Volunteer Fire Brigade says that the amount of gas leaking was not excessively large. "We regret the inconvenience these evacuations may have caused to local people, but in these situations it always pays to takes full precautions" he says.

An LPG road tanker was brought in to pump the remaining gas out of the tank allowing it to be repaired. The pumping was underway by 7pm tonight.