Wednesday, 19 October 2011


The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulator (BPMIGAS) will soon re-operate CNOOC SES Ltd oil fields on the Java Sea which were once halted due to fire on the floating storage and offloading (FSO) Kentera Bangsa owned by PT Trada Maritime, Tdk.

BPMIGAS has instructed CNOOC to immediately replace the FSO Lentera Bangsa so that production on there fields can return to normal.

In accordance with standards for operational safety, CNOOC must stop oil production of 15,000 barrels per day from oil wells on South East Sumatera blocks, namely Widuri, Intan, Aida, and Indri fields since the fire.

“Currently we are working on using motor tanker Galunggung owned by Pertamina to replace FSO Lentera Bangsa so that bational oil production could return to normal. It is predicted that the motor tanker will arrive in this week”, said BPMIGAS’ Operations Deputy, Rudi Rubiandini, after a coordination meeting on handling of FSO Lentera Bangsa which caught fire.

Rudi ensures that there will be no crude oil spill on the sea due to the fire.

Until this day, one out of five victims was lost. There victims are employees of PT Trada Maritime which have not been found as the victim seeking process is still waiting for the completion of cooling activity. Based on thermodata of fire fighting expert from Singapore who has arrived at the location since yesterday, the ship’s temperature is still 40 degree Celcius so it is not yet safe to search for the lost victim or to perform investigation on the causes of the fire.

While, three victims are allowed to go home and one victim was hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU) with improving condition.

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