Indonesia Pertamina: depot fire out, reopens shortly

The oil and gas group said supplies would not be affected following the fire that broke out on Sunday at the Plumpang oil depot.

Indonesia Pertamina: depot fire out, reopens shortly
A fire at a key oil storage depot in north Jakarta had been extinguished and the facility would reopen on Monday afternoon, Indonesia's state-run Pertamina said, as the government ruled out sabotage for now.

The oil and gas group said supplies would not be affected following the fire that broke out on Sunday at the Plumpang oil depot, which supplies diesel and gasoline to the capital Jakarta and to West Java.

Ari Soemarno, Pertamina president director, said the company expected to re-open the Plumpang depot at 1400 (0700 GMT) on Monday.

The company said it would not need additional stocks to meet demand.

"Our fuel stock is enough, for now we do not need additional imports," said Iin Arifin, Pertamina's vice president director.

Regional traders said they had seen any new fuel demand from Indonesia due to the fire, after Pertamina bought nearly 2 million barrels of spot gasoline for January delivery to plug a production gap due to the delay in the restart of its Balongan refinery.

"This seems like a small depot and we have not heard of any new Indonesian demand," said a Singapore-based trader.

Arifin said the fire was put out around 6:30 a.m. on Monday and that Pertamina had set up an investigation team to determine the cause of the fire.

Residents nearby said on Sunday that they had heard loud explosions.

Widodo Adi Sutjipto, Co-ordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, said there had been no indication of sabotage.

Achmad Faisal, Pertamina marketing director, said the 5,000 kilolitre capacity tank that was affected by the fire had contained 3,000 kl of gasoline.

Pertamina's website showed that the Plumpang depot has a capacity of 30,000 kl of gasoline, 15,000 kl of kerosene and 34,500 KL of diesel.

Police last year uncovered a plot to blow up the Plumpang oil depot, and detained five men who they said were members of the regional militant group, Jemaah Islamiah.

Pertamina was publicly reprimanded by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono earlier this month following widespread complaints about fuel shortages in the capital.


Reuters
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