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Bali Fuel Terminals on High Alert

Security Teams Strengthened at Bali's Two Fuel Depots Following Major Fire at North Jakarta Terminal.

(1/24/2009) Kompas reports that the two main fuel terminals in Bali at Manggis in Karangasem regency and Pesanggaran in Bali's capital of Denpasar are the focus of beefed up security measures following the explosion of the Plumpung Fuel Depot in North Jakarta on Sunday, January 18, 2009.

The Public Affairs spokesperson for the Bali police, Gde Sugianyar, told the press on the day following the Jakarta explosions, "an increase in security will certainly be undertaken, whether or not we receive a request from Pertamina."

The causes and circumstances of the explosion and fire which destroyed the Plumpung Fuel Depot in Jakarta remains under active investigation by the police.

Sugianyar said that men from several police precincts across Bali have been deployed to keep watch over the island's main oil storage facilities.

Internally, the Denpasar distribution area for Pertamina has undergone a thorough review, including tank and supporting equipment inspections.

The Assistant Retail Marketing Director for Pertamina in Bali, Pramono, said: "We have been ordered to be on guard by the head office. We have our own security system. We have also increased all our internal safety measures."

Pramono said the incident in Plumpung will not impact on fuel supplies for Bali. Bali's derives its critical supplies of fuel from a depot in Surabaya, East Java.