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Balongan refinery fire: Pertamina shuts down facility, authorities evacuate hundreds

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 29, 2021   /  02:59 pm
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A massive fire rages at the Balongan refinery, operated by state oil company Pertamina, in Indramayu, West Java, on March 29, 2021. (AFP/Agus Sipur)

State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina shut down its Balongan refinery in Indramayu, West Java, after a raging inferno broke out early on Monday morning to engulf the facility and knock out electricity in the area. It has also led to the evacuation of over 900 residents, injured dozens and, according to one official, claimed one life. Pertamina has shut down the plant to control the flow of oil and prevent the fire from spreading further through the refinery, the company’s fifth largest with an output capacity of 125,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). The fire broke out at gasoline storage tank T301G at around 12:45 a.m. on Monday, and then rapidly spread to two nearby tanks. The main refinery was unaffected, however, Pertamina officials noted through a broad media outreach campaign. The fire has affected the five nearby villages of Balongan, Sukareja, Rawadalem,...