Blaze at state-owned oil
refinery in Balikpapan

State-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina’s oil refinery in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, caught fire on Thursday,

The fire broke out at 11:30 a.m. local time, lasted for eight minutes and claimed no casualties.

Pertamina Balikpapan spokesperson Pety said that the fire occurred at the oil catcher section that collects trench water and oil spillages from the refinery. The company said that the incident did not disturb operations at the refinery.

The company has yet to reveal the cause of the fire.

The Balikpapan refinery, which also caught fire in 2010, supplies fuel for East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan. (han)

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