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Cilacap refinery operations return to normal following incident

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An incident in one of the tanks in the Cilacap refinery area, Central Java, Indonesia, has been successfully handled. PT Pertamina (Persero) ensured that the Cilacap refinery operated as usual; both when the incident occured and after it was handled.

CEO of Subholding Refinery and Petrochemical, Djoko Priyono, said that the incident affected one tank unit in the Cilacap refinery area on 13 November 2021 at approximately 19.20 WIB. It was successfully extinguished on Sunday 14 November 2021 at 07.45 WIB. The emergency status was also been lifted at 09.15 WIB.

"During the incident at the tank, the entire operation of the Cilacap refinery was running normally as usual. There are no disruptions because we could seal the tank. Therefore, all operations would continue as usual," said Djoko during a press conference at the Graha Pertamina Building, Gambir, Central Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday 14 November 2021.

Djoko added that apart from handling the burning tank and the surrounding tanks, fluid control was also carried out.

"Furthermore, we will do cooling around the tank. We will also do offensive fire fighting to the hotspots in the tank. With offensive fire fighting, all fires were controlled and extinguished at 07.45 this morning," Djoko said.

Djoko emphasised that the Pertamina team also carried out environmental pollution control, including standby equipment for handling oil escapes and installing absorbents in trenches.

"Vacuum truck patrol was carried out in the refinery, including monitoring by the oilman crew around the tank," said Djoko.

Regarding the availability of fuel and LPG stocks, the CEO of Subholding Commercial and Trading, Alfian Nasution, emphasised that national and local stocks are well maintained. Currently, the Premium fuel is at 27 days, Pertamax is 15 days, Pertalite is above 10 days. Diesel is 20 days, Avtur is 35 days, Pertamax Turbo is 50 days, and LPG is 12.7 days.

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