TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia or CPI on late Sunday evening acknowledged that there had been a pipe leakage from one of its pipes located at the Port Of Chevron Pacific Indonesia-Dumai in the Riau Province.
This incident occurred at 14:50 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Saturday, February 27, according to the oil firm’s corporate communications manager Sonitha Poernomo in a statement on the following day of February 28.
The spokesperson was unable to explain the detailed amount of crude oil that spilled to the area’s waters as it is currently being calculated by the firm’s mitigation team. However, the firm’s early estimates conclude that it does not reach thousands of barrels.
“At the time the pipes in the port were not in use and field officials immediately cleaned the area and fixed the leaking pipe,” said Sonitha Poernomo.
She assured that the crude oil spill is not hazardous and toxic waste (B3 waste) as it was confirmed that it came from the company’s port pipeline.
Upon mitigating further loss, Chevron Pacific Indonesia installed oil booms to prevent a broader spread of oil and constantly cleaned the oils that managed to escape the pipes. The company has also worked together with the Dumai City administration to further protect local residents and the environment.
Dumai chief of environmental pollution control, Afdal Syamsir, said local officials have mobilized mitigation teams to the site of the oil spill and prevented further losses to the environment.