Production not affected by Balikpapan refinery fire: Pertamina

Production not affected by Balikpapan refinery fire: Pertamina

Djoko Suswanto, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, speaks to the press about the fire in Pertamina’s refinery in Balikpapan. (Photo: Antara/Afut Syafril)

It was a minor fire, so it did not affect Pertamina's production
Jakarta (ANTARA) - State oil and gas company PT Pertamina is operating normally despite a fire at its Refinery Unit V (RU V) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province, on Thursday morning.

“It was a minor fire, so it did not affect Pertamina's production,” Djoko Suswanto, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, said here on Thursday.

He said Pertamina had managed to control the fire that had engulfed one of the pipes at RU V, and that he had asked the company to investigate its cause.

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Earlier, Pertamina spokesperson Heppy Wulansari had said the fire was localized and its main line was extinguished, but the cause of the accident would be known after the internal investigators finish their work.

Sparks were first detected around 9.30 a.m. local time, and Pertamina firefighters managed to handle the accident, she added.

There were no fatalities in the accident, Pertamina's Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fajriyah Usman, told journalists here on Thursday.

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