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Jakarta Post

Gulf of Mexico oil spill team handles Pertamina's ONWJ leak

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
    Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 26, 2019   /   03:44 pm
Gulf of Mexico oil spill team handles Pertamina's ONWJ leak The Transportation Ministry has joined efforts to mitigate the impact of a gas leakage followed by an oil spill at PT Pertamina Hulu Energi's Offshore North West Java (PHE ONWJ) block. (Courtesy of /The Transportation Ministry)

State-owned energy giant Pertamina has hired US-based well control company Boots & Coots, which handled the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to handle the oil spill at its Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) block.

Pertamina upstream director Dharmawan Samsu said efforts to stop the oil leakage, which began two weeks ago, were still in progress and may need eight weeks to fully close down the broken wells. Boots & Coots, which arrived last week, was hired to optimize handling of the oil spill and closure of the well. Pertamina did not disclose the costs required to handle the ONWJ oil spill.

“We need eight weeks from today or ten weeks from the first day of the incident to shut down the YYA-1 well,” Dharmawan told the press on Thursday. “Simultaneously, we will ensure that the oil spill is contained and will be treated according to the [proper] procedures.”

Pertamina will deploy a portable rig called Rig Suhana, which will arrive near the YYA-1 well on Aug. 3 as the crucial facility for injecting cement into the broken well. After it is cemented, the YYA-1 well will be closed forever.

“Meanwhile, as for other wells in the area, we will reassess their economic value,” Dharmawan said.