Yesterday (16 November), an explosion occurred at a section of the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) near Lawas, in northern Sarawak, had resulted in the death of one worker and injuring two others.
According to Bernama, the explosion took place at about 2 pm on Wednesday afternoon and a team from the Lawas Fire and Rescue station was immediately dispatched to the scene after they received a report at 2.50 pm.
“Upon arrival to the scene, the operation commander said that the extent of the fire and explosion was estimated at a radius of 400 metres and that the fire also razed a motorcycle, an excavator, a bulldozer and a lorry.
“One victim, identified as Hadi Wiyono was confirmed dead inside the excavator, while two others identified as Hendrick and Gabriel Meripa suffered burns on the limbs,” the spokesperson said.
Satu letupan melibatkan saluran paip gas Petronas di Long Ugui, Lawas berlaku pada kira-kira pukul 2 petang tadi – Bomba pic.twitter.com/Yq4twSxLso— BERNAMA (@bernamadotcom) November 16, 2022
Meanwhile, The Borneo Post reported that Petronas had declared force majeure on supply to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility due to a leak at the pipeline that was identified on 21 September.
Before that, there were four other reported incidents affecting the SSGP – an explosion between Lawas and Long Sukang on 10 June 2014; a gas leak and explosion on 10 Jan 2018, that led to the evacuation of pupils from a nearby school; a gas leak at Long Segaman in Lawas on 8 May 2019; and an explosion between Long Kawa and Ba Selulong in Ulu Baram on 12 Jan 2020.
Investigation still on-going
Speaking at a press conference, Limbang Division disaster management committee and Resident, Sebi Abang said the authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion.
“Investigation is underway to ascertain the actual cause of the incident, whether it was due to soil movement or ongoing construction work of Sabah-Sarawak Link Road project in the area,” he said.
“Please refrain from making unfounded speculation on the incident that will cause unease among the community, especially during this election period.”
At the same time, he also urged the local community to stay calm and follow the safety protocol as briefed by Petronas.
Stay tuned for more updates.