Australian Lab To Analyse Basamuk Refinery Samples
Als Environment Testing Laboratory in Brisbane, Australia will analyse the sea water samples collected from Basamuk Refinery to determine the concentration of heavy metal level in the sea area where the slurry entered after slurry overflow on Saturday Aug 24 at the refinery.
Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd designated ALS Ltd, an internationally recognised laboratory specialising in environmental analysis services to analyse the samples to give credibility to the final report that will be produced by MRA and CEPA.
Vice president of Ramu NiCo, Wang Baowen said the Australian based company was selected after full consideration was given to accredited laboratories in PNG and abroad.
He said after uncertainties and speculations have been created by various groups, Ramu NiCo wants to put these concerns to rest by results ALS Ltd will provide.
“We understand the concerns of our landowners and the government. We know many people want to engage their own consultants.
The best we can do is engage an independent and credible third party like ALS so we all accept their analysis,” Mr Bao said.
“The inspectors from CEPA and MRA who investigated the incident will separately receive the results and make their own recommendations, off which we will accept and implement as required.”
He said ASL Ltd has branches throughout Australia and its head office in Brisbane where the heavy metal testing will be done and results anticipated for return approximately within two weeks from Friday last week.
“Under CEPA direction, we have collected seawater samples from five different locations, the primary one being the slurry discharging point within the harbor.
Samples collected vary in depth from the surface, including five meters below the surface to enable cross section of sampling to determine concentration of potential heavy metal at different layers of the harbour,” Mr Bao said.
“CEPA and Ramu NiCo will receive the test result directly, although separately from the Brisbane analysis laboratory.
“CEPA and MRA will interpret the analysing result and determine whether there are significant impact on the harbour and surrounds.
Ramu NiCo will also use the result from third party, ASL and Basamuk Central Chemical Laboratory to analyse and report to CEPA and concerned government bodies.’’
He said Ramu NiCo is committed to get to the bottom of the investigation by engaging third parties and the notable laboratory in Australia.
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