Another blast rocks S’wak-Sabah pipeline

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020

On-site: A worker inspecting an underground section of the Sarawak-Sabah gas pipeline project in Baram district.

MIRI: A section of the RM4bil Sarawak-Sabah interstate gas pipeline caught fire and exploded in the remote jungle of Baram.

The pre-dawn incident yesterday happened not far from Long Kawa, a Penan settlement located eight hours by timber road from here.

Long Kawa is located inside the Telang Usan constituency.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau confirmed the incident.“Apparently, a loud explosion was heard at the pipeline section near Long Kawa. I am not sure what caused the explosion.

“Petronas technicians are on their way there,” he said, adding that a senior Petronas officer told him that no one was injured.

“I am also checking with my ground contacts in the Long Bedian settlement, which is about an hour away from Long Kawa.”

It is learnt that the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department deployed a team of firefighters to the site.

Yesterday’s incident was the fourth such case along the Sarawak side of the transboundary pipeline.

On May 8 last year, a fire occurred at the gas pipeline near the remote Long Segemang village in Lawas.

Long Lawa and Long Segemang are among the many villages the gas-pipeline snakes through from its starting point in Kimanis, Sabah, to Bintulu in northern Sarawak.

There was also an explosion last Friday near the Long Luping settlement, which is adjacent to the Sarawak-Sabah border.

After Long Luping, there are populated settlements of Long Semadoh and Long Sukang followed by the Lawas hinterland, where the pipes connect to the Baram side towards Miri and Bintulu.

The pipeline is used to channel gas from Kimanis to the Bintulu port for processing and export.

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