Production at Attaka Field Halted by Fire

Production from the Attaka Field located offshore Indonesia has been halted by a fire. The field is operated by Unocal and is located in the East Kalimantan area of Indonesia. Officials from BP Migas could not say when production would resume, however, the halt would not affect natural gas exports.

The fire which started on Sunday has been put out and no one was killed in the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation

Natural gas supply from Attaka to liquefied natural gas plants at Bontang in East Kalimantan were disrupted. Total has been asked to accelerate additional gas supply from Peciko field, which is located in East Kalimantan near Borneo Island.

BP Migas said the disruption of natural gas supply would not affect Bontang's output of liquefied gas. Supply of LNG out of Bontang would not be disrupted because most of the natural gas supply from Attaka goes to the fertilizer company PT Pupuk Kaltim, a BP Migas official said.

This temporary stoppage would not hit Indonesia's exports of liquefied natural gas because both Unocal and Total store natural gas in East Kalimantan for emergency needs.

Current production from the field is approximately 13,000 barrels of oil and 105 million cubic feet of gas a day.