JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greater than 900 folks from a close-by village have been evacuated after an enormous hearth broke out early Monday on the Pertamina Balongan Refinery in Indonesia’s West Java province, officers mentioned.
About 20 folks have been injured, together with refinery staff and several other villagers who suffered burns whereas passing by the world, the native catastrophe mitigation company mentioned.
Nicke Widyawati, chief government officer of state-owned oil and gasoline company Pertamina, mentioned firefighters have been nonetheless battling the blaze and making an attempt to chill down the world to stop it from spreading.
The reason for the fireplace was nonetheless being investigated, he mentioned at a information convention. Pertamina officers mentioned there was lightning and heavy rain on the time the fireplace broke out.
Satellite tv for pc photographs from Planet Labs Inc. analyzed by The Related Press confirmed an enormous plume of black smoke rising from the refinery over the close by village. The fireplace appeared localized at a set of 4 tanks in the course of the refinery.
The Balongan plant has a refining capability of about 125,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It provides gasoline to Jakarta, Banten and a few areas of West Java.
The Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company mentioned 912 residents have been staying at three evacuation facilities.