Chinese worker killed in fire on Pertamina pipeline in Indonesia

An aerial view of a fire on a pipeline owned by PT Pertamina in Cimahi near Bandung, Indonesia, on Oct 22, 2019. According to a local fire official, a Chinese construction worker was killed in the accident. PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - A fire broke out on a pipeline operated by Indonesian state oil and gas company Pertamina in West Java province on Tuesday (Oct 22), killing a Chinese construction worker, a local fire official said.

Pertamina halted fuel distribution through the pipeline temporarily, a company spokesman, Ms Dewi Sri Utami, told reporters.

She said the company would not comment on the cause of the fire until after it has carried out an investigation and is focusing for now on putting out the blaze.

Video footage showed thick black smoke rising from one side of a highway and engulfing part of a busy toll road.

The construction worker who was killed was a crane operator, the local fire department official said by telephone.

Local media said the fire had broken out after drilling work was carried out as part of the construction of a China-funded US$6 billion (S$8.2 billion) high-speed railway project linking Jakarta and Bandung, the capital of West Java.

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