Fire and emergency staff respond to methane gas leak in Durban

30 March 2023 - 17:27 By LWAZI HLANGU
subscribe Just R20 for the first month. Support independent journalism by subscribing to our digital news package.
Subscribe now
Emergency personnel have responded to a methane gas leak in Springfield, Durban
Emergency personnel have responded to a methane gas leak in Springfield, Durban
Image: Lwazi Hlangu

Emergency personnel, including fire and police, have responded to a methane gas leak in Springfield, Durban. 

Sifiso Mbatha, fire services acting divisional commander, told TimesLIVE: “A Transnet gas pipeline carrying methane is leaking and next to it there is a fire in a dumpsite which is a suspected cause of the leak.

“We have Transnet workers on the scene who will isolate the valves between the leaking pipes.

“They are dropping the pressure so they can open the leak in [the] block valve. That will allow them to open the leak and shut off that valve and then move to Mayville to shut it off there too.”

Methane is a colourless, highly flammable gas which is commonly found in landfills.

Mbatha said everyone within a 100 metres of the pipe has been moved out of the area.

No injuries were reported.

"[The] gas is lighter than air so it's coming out in a vertical direction,” said Mbatha.

TimesLIVE

Support independent journalism by subscribing to the Sunday Times. Just R20 for the first month.


subscribe Just R20 for the first month. Support independent journalism by subscribing to our digital news package.
Subscribe now

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.