TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Hundreds of oil wells in Riau closed since last Wednesday as the province is blanketed by smoke from hotspots. Handoyo Budi Santoso, PR chief at the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas), said the closure has led to production loss of about 12,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd).
"If this continues, the national oil production will be threatened, given Riau is one of the backbones of the national oil production," said Handoyo yesterday.
The largest potential loss of oil production is the Rokan Work Area, managed by Chevron Pacific Indonesia. "In that work area, the potential loss of oil production is about 8,800 barrels per day," Handoyo said.
Since March 13, 2014, Chevron's entire operational areas are categorized as red zone. The standard pollution index [there] is above 500, which is extremely dangerous. "The haze is not safe for workers," said Handoyo.
Chevron spokesman Yanto Sianipar said that for the last few days the company has made the necessary mitigation efforts to reduce the haze impact.
The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources' spokesman, Abdurrahman Saleh, said that a number of contractors--including Chevron—are helping the authorities in extinguishing the fire in Riau. Abdurrahman hopes the efforts will kill the fires off as soon as possible, preventing further disruption to the national oil production.
Komaidi Notonegoro, deputy director of the Reforminer Institute, said that the disruption of oil production in Riau will have a significant impact on the national oil production. Currently, Riau accounts for 30 to 40 percent of the national oil production.
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