Posted on July 11, 2018 by Hannah Berry
Shipping restrictions have been implemented near the Pulau Panjang Bojonegara Island in Banten, Indonesia after The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) reported a major gas leak from one of its underwater pipelines on Monday 9th July.
News of the leak came from Wisnu Prabawa Taher who works for The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force'. In a statement which was released, he said “There has been a leak from the subsea gas pipeline that streams gas from the Pabelokan CNOOC to Cilegon.”
He also stated that the leak had caused 50 million MMscfd worth of gas supplies to be temporarily stopped whilst an investigation into the cause of the leak was launched and the port operator worked to fix the damaged pipe.
Initial investigations suspect that the pipeline may have been ripped by the anchor of one of the vessels transiting nearby with the main suspect being identified as the Lumoso Raya bulk carrier which is anchored nearby.
Authorities are still working to ensue all evidence of the leak has been supressed and currently volume levels of the leak have been reduced.
Indonesia have a high number of cases involving oil and gas pipe leaks, which is as a result of diminished pipeline security.
A full report in to the incident will be published in due course.