Head of Special Unit Manager Upstream Oil and Gas (SKK Migas), Rudi Rubiandini, said theft of oil in the piping groove-Plaju Tempino Jambi, South Sumatra, disrupt national oil production.
Decline in production, said Rudi, estimated at 12 thousand barrels per day. “This happens because the pumping is stopped,” he said, Thursday, July 25, 2013.
Although theft is harming the country, Rudi said he could not take any action. “We follow the first steps of Pertamina,” he said.
The theft occurred since July 17, 2013, or when the pipe connecting the oil field to the refinery fuel Tempino Plaju owned subsidiary of PT Pertamina operated. Police and employees of Pertamina EP and Pertagas find holes in 17 locations with a total loss of 17,563 barrels, or the equivalent of 18.29 percent of the amount of oil that flowed.
Looting occurred in July 24 when a leak was found four sites, of which at Bayung slick, Musi Banyuasin. Pertagas and PT Pertamina EP was forced to stop pumping oil.
Jambi Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner of Almansyah, claimed not to know of the theft. This case, he said, will be followed by the Director of Vital Security Police Jambi.
President Director of Pertamina EP, Syamsu Alam, said the losses due to the theft of oil in a year to reach Rp 444 billion. January 2012 to March 2013, the volume of lost oil reaches 463 thousand barrels. “This does not include losses due to fire and damage the pipe,” he said.
Within a day, Pertamina EP oil pump as much as 11-13 thousand barrels. The crude oil produced Tempino field that has a production capacity of 9,500 barrels per day. Due to theft during the first semester of 2013, Pertamina suffered a cumulative loss of 290 thousand barrels, or around Rp 290 billion.