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Jakarta Post

Poor security and kite flying noted at Plumpang fuel depot

  • Alfian

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 20 2009   /  02:51 pm

Despite being the country’s most vital distribution point  for fuel supply to the capital, the Plumpang depot run by state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina has been run for far too long with extremely lax levels of security.
While investigations into the cause of Sunday’s blast have not reached clear conclusions, top officials have commented on the weaknesses and vulnerability of lax depot security, as well as noting previous terrorist threats.
Located in a dense housing area of North Jakarta, the depot is only marked off by a thin wire fence, without any safety ditch or even modest barriers.
Empty spaces just outside the depot have often been used by the locals to fly kites, hovering low above the depot.
There are a growing numbers of thugs who have regularly extorted truck drivers on their way to the depot, stealing fuel left i...