One Killed, Two Injured in Petronas-operated Pipeline Explosion in Malaysia

(Reuters) — Malaysian state energy company Petronas reported a fire at the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) near Lawas on Wednesday afternoon, which the Borneo Post online said led to an explosion that killed one person and injured two others.

Petronas could not immediately be reached to comment on the reported fatality and injuries.

The incident is believed to have involved a third-party contractor performing work unrelated to pipeline operations, and a police report has been lodged, Petronas said in a statement.

The 512-km (318 miles) Sabah-Sarawak line transports gas from the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal to Petronas' LNG complex at Bintulu, where LNG is exported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

In October, the company declared force majeure on the gas supply to one of its liquefaction terminals, Malaysia LNG Dua, due to a pipeline leak caused by soil movement at the Sabah-Sarawak pipeline on Sept. 21.

In January 2020, the SSGP exploded in the northern district of Marudi in East Malaysia but the situation was quickly contained, a fire and rescue department official said that rendered aid at the site of the incident.

Petronas is the sole manager of Malaysia’s oil and gas reserves. Malaysia is the world’s third-biggest LNG exporter after Qatar and Australia.

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