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Construction mishap triggers Pertamina oil pipe fire in West Java: Jasa Marga

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23, 2019   /  01:29 pm
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Firefighters tackle a blaze at a pipeline belonging to state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in South Cimahi, West Java, on Oct. 22.(JP/Arya Dipa)

An underground oil pipe belonging to state-owned energy company Pertamina erupted into flames on Tuesday afternoon beside a toll road near Bandung in West Java, due to a construction mishap, according to the toll road’s operator, state-owned company Jasa Marga. The incident claimed one victim, identified as Li Xuan Feng, a heavy machinery operator with PT Mingshun Construction, who was working on railway project during the accident. “The fire was caused by the bored pile of [train developer] Kereta Cepat Indonesia China [KCIC] hitting Pertamina’s fuel pipe,” said Jasa Marga in a statement issued on Tuesday. Jasa Marga responded to the fire, which started at 2:00 p.m. near the construction site of the Jakarta–Bandung high speed railway, by redirecting traffic on the Purbaleunyi toll road until 5:38 p.m., by which time the fire was extinguished. The f...