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Oil leak in Peninsular Malaysia?

July 10, 2010
Petronas shuts pipelines after spotting oil sheen

Written by Reuters
Friday, 09 July 2010 21:39

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd had on Friday, July 9 shut down pipelines at an oil platform off the east coast after finding an oil sheen near facilities it shared with other contractors.

The facilities are operated by its exploration unit, Petronas Carigali, and its production-sharing contractors Exxon Mobil, Production Malaysia Inc. and Newfield Peninsular Malaysia Inc.

“The contractors have cleaned up the majority of the sheen and are now monitoring the situation via aerial and marine surveillance,” Petronas said in a statement.

“At the same time, efforts are on-going to identify the source of the sheen, using remotely operated underwater vehicle as well as subsea pipeline tests.”

Petronas did not specify which oilfields were affected.

Several oil and gas fields including Tapis, Seligi, Guntong, Semangkok, Irong Barat, Tabu and Palas are situated off Malaysia’s east coast.

Emergency response and oil spill teams such as the Petroleum Industry of Malaysia Mutual Aid Group and East Asia Response Ltd also went to the area, Petronas said.

Last week, Petronas said Malaysia’s crude oil output had fallen 3.3 percent to 535,000 barrels a day in financial year ended March 2010 as ageing fields took their toll after years of steady production. – Reuters

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