Confirmation has been received from the Cayman Islands fire service that the sprinkler system at the Rubis gas storage in south sound has been non-operational for more than two years.
Rubis said it has seven tanks at Jackson point terminal all containing over one hundred-thousand barrels of gas. Cayman 27 spoke to members of the fire service who declined to go on camera but they did confirm the sprinkler system has been non-functional for a couple of years.
It is not clear why the system stopped working in the first place. Petroleum activist George Ebanks says the danger this poses is unacceptable.
“Therefore if an explosion was to take place at this terminal which has flammable material stored in a residential area with average four thousand school children across the road they would have to wait until the arrival of the Fire Department to extinguish a major fire,” Mr. Ebanks said.
The petroleum inspector said there is more than 3.5 million imperial gallons of flammable material in total which is housed at the Jackson point terminal.
While the fire service said it is currently working to fix the sprinklers and said the repairs will be finished by the end of this year.