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Petronas pipeline explosion kills one, injures two

21 November 2022

An explosion and fire at the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) in the town of Lawas in Malaysia killed one person and injured two others on November 16. The SSGP is operated by Malaysian state energy company Petronas which said the incident involved a third-party contractor performing work unrelated to SSGP operations.

Image: Wikimedia/User: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Image: Wikimedia/User: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

In a statement, Petronas said the incident occurred nearby the pipeline’s Right-of-Way (ROW) area. A report was submitted to police and an investigation was opened soon after the explosion. Petronas’ Emergency Response Team was mobilised and the energy company said it had worked closely with all the relevant authorities to take the necessary action and preventive measures to contain the situation and safeguard the safety of the surrounding community and environment.

Petronas did not mention the fatality or injuries in its statement, however local media reported that one man died as a result of an explosion that occurred around 14:00 local time. Two others were injured and several vehicles were incinerated.

The 512km long SSGP carries natural ga from the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal to Petronas' LNG facility in Bintulu where it is then exported. In October, Petronas declared a force majeure on the supply of gas to its LNG facility in Bintulu after soil movement caused a pipeline leak on the SSGP.

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