The environmental clean-up from Pertamina’s oil spill off Java, Indonesia could take more than six months, according to local government officials.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said the government and Pertamina would need at least six months to conduct environmental recovery efforts in affected areas.
“There will certainly be continuous conservation and recovery programmes to address the impacts of the oil spill,” she said.
Up to around 3000 barrels per day of oil had reportedly been leaking since a well kick occurred on 12 July at the YYA-1 well on Pertamina’s producing Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) asset, some two kilometres off Karawang.
Pertamina corporate communications vice president Fajriyah Usman told the Jakarta Post that the company had begun repairing the offending well on 2 August and that it would be permanently shut in.