BP PLANNING TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF MADANG KEROSENE ACCIDENTS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 24, 2001 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---BP, the multi-national fuel company, is planning to compensate victims involved in fuel contamination explosions last month in Madang Province.

Four people died in the explosions, which were caused by gasoline-contaminated kerosene.

Two others are hospitalized in Brisbane, Australia with serious burns.

BP’s Melbourne-based spokesman, Neil McMaster, said the compensation package is part of on-going assistance being offered by the company since the accident.

"When the incident occurred, we immediately tried to help where we could," he said. "We offered assistance for people to go to hospitals not only in PNG, but also in Australia. We also offered financial support in terms of food, clothing and shelter."

The company has begun discussions with the victims’ families to work out a compensation settlement.

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