Rr. Ariyani Yakti Widyastuti, Jakarta – The oil refinery belonging to state-owned oil firm PT Pertamina (Persero) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, caught fire Friday, March 4.
The Manager of Communication, Relations, and CSR at Pertamina's refinery arm, PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional (PT KPI), Ely Chandra, said the fire broke out at around 10:32 Central Indonesian Time (WITA).
He explained that at around 11:00 WITA, the oil refinery had already been in a safe condition and continued operation after the fire was immediately extinguished.
"The static extinguishing system immediately operates and is assisted by 4 fire trucks that continue to pour water," said Ely in an official statement, Friday.
When asked about the cause of the fire, he claimed it has not been yet identified and the company is still waiting for the results of the investigation. He thus asked the public not to panic because the incident occurred within the perimeter of the refinery and the fire has been now under control.
"The team continues to cool down [the fire site] using water and foam," said Ely.