A massive explosion ripped through an oil refinery in West Java, Indonesia, on the early morning of Sunday. Pertamina said on Friday it had sufficient fuel stocks and hoped to restart the affected Balongan refinery in four to five days, Reuters reported, after firefighters put out a blaze at the cost of six injuries.
Asked if “the explosion at the refinery would have an impact on fuel supplies,” Peramina chief executive Nicke Widyawati said the fire was concentrated at the refinery’s storage facilities and had no impact on the processing plant, the report said.
The Reuters news agency quoted Pertamina director Muliono as saying the affected plant was expected to “resume operations within four to five days.” He said the company’s fuel inventory levels were “safe” and could be supplied throughout the country, including for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday. “There is no need to panic because stocks are well stocked. “Of course, this is because demand is not quite back to normal yet, so inventories are still (relatively) high.” “Muliono said.
Muliono added that the company will use fuel from its Cilacap and Tuban refineries to help supply fuel to Jakarta during the shutdown of the Baronga refinery.
A massive explosion ripped through an oil refinery in West Java, Indonesia, on March 29. The cause of the explosion is unknown. The explosion was reported to have occurred at the Balongan refinery, which has been operating since 1994 and is operated by Pertamina, the state oil company, about 200km east of Jakarta, the capital.
A statement from Pertamina said six people were being treated in hospital for burns and none of its employees were injured.