Indonesia’s Pertamina still trying to extinguish at Balongan refinery


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    1. Indonesian state oil firm Pertamina said on Tuesday (Mar 30) it was still trying to fully extinguish a fire that broke out at its Balongan refinery a day before, injuring six people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents.
    2. Pertamina chief executive Nicke Widyawati said late on Monday the fire had been contained to a small area, and she was optimistic it could be put out soon.
    3. “Yesterday we carried out an isolated fire control, (and) now we are taking an offensive effort to further extinguish the fires,” Ifki Sukarya, a Pertamina spokesman, said on Tuesday.
    4. About 950 people left their homes due to the fire and a resulting explosion at the plant on Java island on Monday, though some had started to return, according to the company.
    5. Videos shared on social media showed huge flames engulfing part of the 125,000 barrel per day facility, while a large explosion can be heard.

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    Source: Bangkok Post