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Oil clean-up off Malaysia

September 25, 1998, 01:00 CEST

A total of 6.200 barrels of oil and sand have so far been collected after a leak at Malaysia's Melaka refinery.

Taken up from the sea and beaches, this oil resulted from 5.000-barrel spill which was discovered on the morning of 19 September.

The leak occurred when a flange failed at a facility shared by the two refineries at the site. Statoil has a stake in one of these.

Up to about 500 people have been involved in the clean-up drive under the leadership of refinery operator Petronas.

Work is continuing at full pitch, but the owners report that they now have the consequences of the leak under control and that the clean-up will probably be completed in the next few days.

Statoil has a 15 per cent interest in the Malaysian Refining Company (MRC), while operator Petronas hold 45 per cent and Conoco 40 per cent.