Sulphur spill in Walvis Bay

A truck carrying break bulk sulphur powder spilled some of its content close to the main gate of the port of Walvis Bay on Tuesday morning, setting into action a swift environmental clean-up operation. All the relevant emergency services assisted, which include the Walvis Bay traffic department to cordon off traffic from the contaminated area as well as the hazardous waste management services of the municipality. A clean-up team of the company responsible for the load of sulphur cleaned the area, whereafter the fire brigade conducted the final cleaning by hosing off the area.
The sulphur was destined for Rio Tinto’s Rössing Mine where it is used in the production of sulphuric acid. Rössing uses sulphuric acid in its leeching process when uranium is separated from the mined ore.

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