Pertamina Admits Oil Spill from Balikpapan’s Refinery Leaked Pipe

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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)PT Pertamina, finally admitted the oil spill that killed five fishermen in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan province came from the company’s leaked pipe.

The state-owned energy company previously denied the oil spill comes from Pertamina Refinery Unit V’s facility that started from Lawe-lawe, Penajam Utara to Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

“We tested the oil spill samples, but we did not know yet about the pipeline leaked,” GM Pertamina Refinery Unit V Togar MP said on Wednesday (04/04) as quoted by Kompas.

The authorities are currently investigating the case and will and will take the necessary legal steps.

It is not the first time Pertamina trapped in sloppy oil spill cases. In 2016, PT Pertamina EP Tarakan spilled 18 barrel. In addition the company’s subsidiary Pertamina EP Asset 3 in Jatibarang field trapped in two cases with a total of 12 barrel oil spill.

Indonesia’s government tolerates some level of oil spill from producers. The threshold for a maximum oil spill is set at 15,000 barrels. There are at least 14 cases of major oil spills since 1975, according to Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) in 2016.

PT Medco Energi Internasional Tbk (IDX: MEDC) suffered the most frequent number of oil spilled cases in 2016. The company loss 672 barrel.

The MEMR earlier claimed they are already trying to decrease the oil spills cases by monitoring the oil leaks. The government will force serious law enforcement to the oil contractors that carelessly cause the oil spill.