ExxonMobil Operations Back to Normal in Aceh

ExxonMobil's natural gas field in Aceh has returned to normal operations following a fire last week. Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the fire last week is now believed to have been sparked by an electrical short circuit, which halted operations at ExxonMobil's Arun cluster III/IV gas field and a nearby water treatment plant. ExxonMobil's LNG processing plant, which is 30 kilometers from the gas field, wasn't affected by the fire. Operations at the field resumed working at 60 percent capacity on August 28th.

Pertamina said Monday its September LNG shipment to South Korea won't be affected by the fire. Muchsin Bahar, Pertamina's downstream director, said the company still has one cargo in storage for September shipment to South Korea.

The fire followed a grenade attack on Exxon Mobil's facilities a week earlier. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, it comes amid a heavy offensive by the Indonesian army to wipe out separatists, who have been operating in Aceh since 1976.

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