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Small fishery business operators to receive compensation from PTT

One hundred and seventeen small fishery business operators will receive compensation from PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) after the oil spill off the coast of Rayong on July 27. Four hundred small fishery operators have lodged complaints with the Rayong Administration Office, but so far only one hundred and seventeen have had their documentation completed.

Each company can expect to receive around thirty thousand baht, and amount Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn said was calculated on the average revenue from fishery product sales estimated at one thousand baht a day, they will be compensated for thirty days of disruption. The payment is expected to be made on Saturday 10th August.

The Rayong Administration office will also screen oil slick affected hotels and restaurant business owners, traders and service workers, such as pickup drivers as well as those whose health has been affected. Mr Pongsak said that everybody, who was directly or indirectly affected by the spill, will be fairly compensated.

The PTTGC, Thailand’s largest petrochemical producer has reported that the cleanup operation is now 99% complete. PTT chief executive Pailin Chuchottaworn said PTT volunteers and Royal Thai Marine staff will continue cleaning until local authorities and the Pollution Control Department are satisfied.

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