Jersey gas tank to be de-commissioned after fire

  • 27 July 2012
  • From the section Jersey
Fire at Gas works
Image caption Nearby homes, schools and businesses have been evacuated

Work to take the gas tank that caught fire in central St Helier out of action is to finish next week.

Jersey Gas said the holder would be out of service by the end of Wednesday with no gas then stored in central St Helier.

Thousands of people had to leave their homes, businesses and schools for up to 24 hours during the fire in Gas Place.

Workers were doing maintenance on the cylinder when it caught fire at the beginning of the month.

The firm has worked with health and safety experts and the fire service to decide the safest way of taking it out of action.

The remaining gas will be removed on Wednesday by what is called a controlled flaring operation.

The gas company says it is a safe process but could be noisy and create a heat haze.

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