Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The losses suffered by state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina in its Central Java`s Cilacap oil tank fires early last month reached US$30 million, a Pertamina official said.

"Now we are still in the process of claiming the insurance compensation," acting Pertamina director for processing affairs Rukmi Hadihartini told a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission VII for energy affairs, here on Monday.

Pertamina is under the insurance protection service of PT Tugu Pratama, which is also a subsidiary of the state-owned firm.

She said that of the losses about 20 million dollars were derived from the fires on the tanks and one million dollars from the expense used for putting out the fire.

Rukmi said that after passing through an investigation process, Pertamina discharged four managers in connection with the fire, namely managers for refineries, for production, for maintenance and for technical affairs.

However, the investigation also revealed that the fire did not have impact on the next operations.

The fire was caused by a technical error.

On April 2-3, 2011 three fuel oil tanks of Pertamina in Cilacap, Central Java, caught fires. The fire was put under control on April 6, 2011.(*)

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