Pertamina investigates oil spill in Donan River

nelaya_20220629-035657_1 People clean up an oil spill in Donan River, Cilacap, Central Java, on Tuesday (June 28, 2022). PT KPI RU IV Cilacap is working to identify and localize the source of the oil spill, an official said. Photo by: ANTARA/Sumarwoto/kzu

Date: June, 28 2022 

Cilacap, Central Java (ANTARA) - State oil company PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional's (KPI's) Refinery Unit (RU) IV Cilacap is investigating a crude oil spill in Donan River, Cilacap district, Central Java, which was detected on Monday.

While issuing a press statement in Cilacap on Tuesday, communication relations and CSR area manager of PT KPI RU IV Cilacap, Cecep Supriyatna, said that based on observations, the spill involved crude oil and the estimated volume was 1,900 liters.

"As for the cause, it is still under investigation," he added.

Before the spill was detected, oil was loaded from a pipeline to a tanker in Area 70 of Pertamina Cilacap, he informed.

"Staff in Area 70 are looking for the source of the oil spill," he said.

The PT KPI RU IV Cilacap team will try to localize the oil spill by using an oil boom if weather conditions are favorable, he added.

Once localized, the spilled oil would be sucked and separated from water by an oil skimmer before being put back into the tank.

"Since last night, we have been cleaning as much as possible because it is the wind and wave conditions, so it is not optimal," Supriyatna said.

Based on drone monitoring, the area affected by the oil spill is not very wide, he added. "Only around Batre Pier or Wijayapura," he informed.

The refinery will compensate residents participating in efforts to clean up and collect the spilled oil.

"At the moment, we are still focusing on handling efforts. We will also coordinate with the Environment Office regarding the next steps," he said.

Earlier, chairman of the Indonesian Fishers Association (HNSI) of Cilacap, Sarjono, said that a fisherman had detected the oil spill at 5:30 p.m. local time on Monday (June 27, 2022), and by 7 p.m., it had begun to smell pungent. 

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