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27 October 2011

Residents meet about odour complaints

MOSSEL BAY NEWS - To ensure PetroSA maintains good relations with all stakeholders, the company met with Dana Bay residents at their annual general meeting on Monday, 24 October.

Residents had previously raised concerns about emissions from the refinery.

At the meeting PetroSA was represented by Dian Naicker, environmental leader, Eileen Green, the SHEQ Manager, and Carel Steyn, the Technology Support Manager.

According to Russel Mamabolo from PetroSA, the company regards the concerns of the residents in a very serious light.

"Once the refinery is in operation an odour assessment exercise will follow and the results will be shared with the community. PetroSA will manage all mitigation factors, should the results show that PetroSA is responsible for harmful odour emissions," he said.

According to Mamabolo, the residents also received an invitation to visit the refinery "to gain insight into the operations of PetroSA".

- Mossel Bay Advertiser

SAWDIS: Maybe Heiderand residents should also raise concerns about emissions from the refinery as the odour is also present in Heiderand at times.  A really unpleasant smell and definitely a petroleum smell.