TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - State gas and oil company Pertamina CEO, Nicke Widyawati, said that the impact of the oil spill in the northern coast of Karawang, West Java has started to decline. Out of 3000 barrels, oil floating in the waters remains to 10 percent or 300 barrels.
“Pertamina will be responsible by doing the recovery,” said Nicke during a press conference at the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries office, Central Jakarta, Thursday, August 1. The conference was held by the corporate along with Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and ministry’s officials.
However, Pertamina has not calculated the exact volume of the oil leakage in the sea yet since it focuses on minimizing the impact. Currently, Nicke said, 27 vessels and 800 people are dispatched to handle the case by using various tools, such as Helix System, Storage Oily Waste, Giant Octopus Skimmer, until Oil Boom Configuration.
The incident of gas bubble followed by the leak was started on July 12, 2019, at 01:30 Jakarta time in the corporate’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) facility.
The corporate’s upstream director Dharmawan H Samsu said that his side strived to prevent the oil spill from spreading to the coastal area, yet 11 villages were affected as well as two beaches in Bekasi namely Pantai Bahagia and Pantai Bakti.