Auckland naval base diesel spill is much smaller than feared

Auckland naval base diesel spill is much smaller than feared

Officials have said that the recent diesel spill at Devonport Naval Base in Auckland is much smaller than 30,000 litres suspected by some.

The authorities had called Fire Service, Auckland Council staff and Navy personnel to investigate the oil spill and they said that the diesel spilled is believed to be less than 100 litres of diesel and not 30,000 litres as expected earlier. The emergency officials were called to the site this morning for investigating the spill.

A NZDF spokeswoman said, "The spillage, which is believed to be less than 100 litres of diesel, occurred from emergency generators that can hold up to approximately 30,000 litres of diesel. As a precaution the building the spillage occurred in was assessed by the New Zealand Fire Service and the spillage, which was not a significant amount, has been contained and does not pose any risk to personnel at the Base."

The spill occurred form emergency generators that can store upto30,000 litres of diesel. The cause of the spill is expected to be a faulty pipe, which has been fixed since the incidence. Auckland Council spokesman Stefan Naude has confirmed reports that a small amount of diesel was spilled in an area of scoria. He added that the spill does not pose any risk and have withdrawn from the site.

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