Thursday, 14 November 2019

Pertamina Collects 3,965 Barrels Worth of Oil Spill in Karawang

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  • Residents cleaned up the oil spill which was scattered on the Coastal Coast in Cemara Jaya Village, Karawang, West Java, Thursday, August 1, 2019. A number of villages were affected by PT Pertamina's oil spill, one of them was Cemarajaya Village, Cibuaya District, Karawang. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman  W

    Residents cleaned up the oil spill which was scattered on the Coastal Coast in Cemara Jaya Village, Karawang, West Java, Thursday, August 1, 2019. A number of villages were affected by PT Pertamina's oil spill, one of them was Cemarajaya Village, Cibuaya District, Karawang. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - State-owned energy firm Pertamina managed to collect 3,965.71 barrels of oil from the Karawang oil spill incident that originated from a leak in one of its three oil wells at the Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block.

    “That is from the cleanup on July 20, and will continue to increase. Up to August 7, the exact amount taken from the ocean was 3,965.71 barrels of oil,” said Incident Commander Oil Spill YYA-1 Taufik Adityawarman in a press conference at the company's headquarters in central Jakarta on Thursday, August 8.

    Moreover, the company’s mitigation managed to collect an average of 400-500 barrels of oil after intensifying its strategy on July 28, 2019.

    As for the shoreline oil spill, the energy firm collected 1,047,386 sacks. This equals a total of 4.9 tons with 4.6 kilograms an average weight of each sack of oil. Pertamina predicts that only 10 percent of the sacks are filled with oil.

    As of the closure of the leaking relief well, YYA-1 only reached the depth of 2,050 feet from the initial goal of 9,000 feet. “We are attempting to reach the goal to intercept it. As of today, we are 2 days in front of schedule,” said Taufik who mentioned that the company plans to fix the leakage issue in 67 days.

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