Indonesia: Tank Storage in Flames Fire at Pertamina’s Cilacap Refinery Complex Extinguished
On November 13, a fire broke out at a fuel storage tank at Pertamina’s Cilacap refinery complex in Central Java, Indonesia, however it was successfully extinguished. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Jakarta/Indonesia – A fire occurred at a fuel storage tank at Pertamina’s Cilacap refinery complex in Central Java, Indonesia on November 13 at around 19.20 local time but it was successfully extinguished on Sunday (November 14) at 07.45 local time.
Pertamina ensured that the Cilacap Refinery operated as usual; both when the incident occurred and after it was handled. "During the incident at the tank, the entire operation of the Cilacap Refinery was running normally as usual. There were no disruptions because we could seal the tank. Therefore, all operations would continue as usual," said CEO of Subholding Refinery and Petrochemical, Djoko Priyono during a press conference at the Graha Pertamina Building, Gambir, Central Jakarta which was held yesterday.
Djoko added that apart from handling the burning tank and the surrounding tanks, fluid control was also carried out. He emphasized that the Pertamina team also undertook environmental pollution control measures, including standby equipment for handling oil escapes and installing absorbents in trenches. "Vacuum truck patrols were also carried out in the refinery, including monitoring by the oilman crew around the tank," said Djoko.
Regarding the availability of fuel and LPG stocks, the CEO of Subholding Commercial and Trading, Alfian Nasution, emphasized that national and local stocks were well maintained. "Thus, we convey that there should not be any worries or concerns. The distribution of fuel and LPG runs as usual, both in Central Java and parts of West Java, which are the coverage areas of the Cilacap refinery," said Alfian.
Meanwhile, President Director of Pertamina Nicke Widyawati ensured that the supply of fuel and LPG are sufficient and undisturbed. "We hope there is no panic buying because there is sufficient stock," said Nicke. However, she confirmed that she would conduct a thorough evaluation and investigation regarding the incident at the Cilacap refinery. “This evaluation and investigation are important. We will take it as a lesson learned," said Nicke.
Nicke also said that handling the community was a top priority in this incident. She said that the community around the refinery site had been diverted to a safer location. However, last night all the people had returned to their homes.