Petronas RM3bil gas pipeline between Lawas town and Long Sukang exploded around 2am resulted in the evacuation of nearby villages with some houses and vehicles reportedly damaged, Lawas MP Datuk Henry Sum said.
Luckily, no lives were lost in the incident, he said. According to The Star, a high level investigation have started in Lawas and also in Kuala Lumpur to probe the cause of the incident as the project belong to national oil giant Petronas.
Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department Director Nor Hisham Mohamad said the fire had been brought under control, told The Star.
The early morning fire were said to be even visible from neighboring country Brunei.
“The light can be seen from Brunei, at dawn today,” said Koya Noba, a Bruneian in a comment on Lawas Online Facebook page.
The pipeline is meant to channel raw gas from Kimanis in Sabah via a 600km route onward to Bintulu.