Indonesian refiner Pertamina says that it has extinguished the huge fire that raged at its Balongan refinery in West Java, Indonesia.
The fire began at around 12.45am local time on 29 March 2021 in a tank the T-301 tank bund, and spread to the other tanks within the same area, although emergency crews managed to contain it. The first tank was extinguished around 1.30am local time on 31 March 2021, with two more following at 6.44am and 8.30am. Firefighters continued to cool the three tanks while others focussed efforts on extinguishing the remaining tank fire in T-301-F. By the afternoon, all four fires were out.
The refinery itself was undamaged by the fire, and Pertamina says its staff are now working to re-start operations, which were halted as a precaution. Fuel supplies to the region were unaffected due to the large stores available. According to Reuters, the refinery has 135 million kL of storage, and the tanks which caught fire contained 23,000 kL, around 7% of the total.
Pertamina has now formed an internal investigation team which will fully collaborate with Indonesian officials to ascertain the cause of the incident.
‘In accordance with the policy of the board of directors and the direction of the board of commissioners, Pertamina fully supports the investigation process carried out by the authorities. Management will give strict sanctions if it is found that there is an element of negligence in this incident,’ says Pertamina’s senior vice-president for corporate communications and investor relations, Agus Suprijanto, in a statement.