The Lawas stretch of Petronas RM3bil, 600km long gas pipeline to channel raw gas from Kimanis in Sabah to Bintulu before being exported exploded in the wee hours of Tuesday.
Lawas Member of Parliament Datuk Henry Sum confirmed there was explosion and several nearby villages were evacuated with some houses and vehicles reportedly damaged.
Petronas in a media statement confirms the incident occurred at a location of the Sarawak Sabah Gas Pipeline in the District of Lawas, Sarawak, about 135 km from the Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal in Kimanis, Sabah, which is the starting point of the pipeline.
“The fire has been extinguished. There was no injury reported and the incident has not affected any of the communities along the pipeline, the closest of which are located nine kilometres away from the incident area,” Petronas said.
Lawas District police chief Assistant Superintendent Mutang Nawat said the explosion could have been caused by air pockets in the gas rich area.
“We receive no reports on injuries or casualties as the incident happened quite far from the nearest settlement. But the flames ignited the night and it can clearly be seen from the sea and nearby districts of Sabah and Brunei,” said Mutang, reports New Straits Times.
Bruneian living at nearby Brunei’s district of Temburong and Sabahan at Sepitang confirmed seeing the dawn explosion on Facebook.