Sukowati oilfield investigated for poisonous gas
The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Body (BPMigas) has sent a team to investigate hydrogen sulfide outflow in Petrochina-operated Sukowati oilfield in Bojonegoro regency, East Java this week. Operation of the field has been halted for few days as residents complained about the poisonous gas.
"But according to our investigation, the gas outflow is normal," Sukarnoto Sukimin, field manager of the joint operating body Pertamina-Petrochina East Java told Kompas.com on Sunday.
BPMigas investigation team has been deployed to the oilfield on Saturday. Production activities on the 3,000 bpd oilfield has been suspended, but may be resumed in the next few days.
Bojonegoro Police has instructed an investigation on the gas outflow as hundreds of people complained about the gas outflow might have poisoned them. Hopefully this will not become the next Lapindo mudflow.