No injuries, casualties in fire at Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline, says Petronas

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KUCHING, May 8: No casualties or injuries were reported in the fire incident at the Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline leakages at Long Segaman, Lawas, in the wee hours today.

Petronas confirmed that a vent stack at BV106 (KP122) of the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) caught fire at around 1.08am.

“Our Emergency Response Team was immediately mobilised to control the situation and the fire was successfully put out at 2.38am.

“All necessary measures have been taken to ensure the incident area is secure and safe. All relevant authorities have been informed and an investigation on the incident is being carried out. There were no injuries or casualties reported,” Petronas said in a statement today.

Following the incident, the national oil corporation said it would continue to engage with the communities around the incident area while closely monitoring the situation.

“Petronas adheres to stringent safety measures in line with international standards at its areas of operations,” the statement continued.

Meanwhile, the state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) immediately deployed a team from its Lawas Fire Station to the site after receiving a call at 1.37am.

“Bomba personnel only monitored the situation, which was already put under control by Petronas SSGP personnel. Petronas had shut off the valve nearest to the affected section of the pipeline. Bomba left the site at 2.42am after the fire was contained,” Sarawak Bomba said.

Long Segaman is one of many villages situated along the 600km-long pipeline, which starts from Kimanis, Sabah, all the way to Bintulu.

The leakage was the third incident to have happened along the SSGP since it was built 10 years ago. On Jan 10 last year, an eruption occurred along a section of the pipeline near the Long Luping, Lawas.

On June 11, 2014, an explosion occurred in Lawas due to a leak at a section of the pipeline.

The pipeline channels gas to Bintulu for processing and export. — DayakDaily
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