Pertamina lifts disconnected underwater crude pipelines

Friday, April 20, 2018 – 12:01PM GMT+7

State-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina started on Thursday lifting disconnected underwater crude pipelines at the Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan using the Sea Haven 2 vessel equipped with a crane.

Pertamina said in a statement on Friday that the lifting of the pipelines was made at the request of the police which plans to carry out further investigation to determine what caused the 20-inch pipelines to move some 120 meters from its position and disconnected, which led to an oil spill incident at the end of March.

Pertamina said that there will be three parts of pipelines to be lifted, of which the first part was lifted on Thursday, and the second and third parts on Friday. The pipelines will then be shipped to Pertamina Refinery Unit V jetty on Saturday where the police will make reconstruction of the incident as part of the investigation process.

The company said that the pipelines will be replaced once the investigation process has been completed.

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