RAYONG : The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has come up with a long-term rehabilitation plan for areas affected by PTT Global Chemical's (PTTGC) oil spill in July.
It has also instructed the company to strictly implement the plan.
Rangsan Pinthong, an assistant to the secretary of the ministry committee overseeing the oil spill clean-up and rehabilitation on Koh Samet, yesterday said the committee had handed over the plan to the company.
The oil spill occurred on July 27 when PTTGC's pipeline broke near Rayong's Map Ta Phut, leaking at least 50,000 litres of crude oil into the sea.
The oil spread to Ao Phrao beach on Koh Samet and some parts of the Rayong coastline.
Mr Rangsan, who is also director of the Pollution Control Department's (PCD) water quality management office, said the rehabilitation plan comprises seven tasks, including monitoring seawater quality and the impact on marine species, and the rehabilitation of coral reefs, the beach, seagrass, and mangrove forests.
The ministry would keep a close watch on how well the company implemented the plan, he said.
Mr Rangsan was speaking on Koh Samet yesterday as he announced the end of the ministry's clean-up and environmental monitoring operation.
The ministry also declared Ao Phrao beach officially open from today, after closing it more than three months ago during the oil spill disaster.
"PTTGC will continue with its rehabilitating effort," Mr Rangsan said.
The ministry earlier this week decided not to take legal action against PTTGC for damaging Koh Samet's Ao Phrao beach.
It said the firm has not ignored the problems it had caused, and had agreed to pay for cleaning and rehabilitating the area.
Pinsak Suraswadi, from the Department of Marine and Coastal resources, said marine resources rehabilitation, which is one of the tasks listed on the plan, will cost the company about 166 million baht.