No gas leak danger after Pengerang petroleum complex fire

Three housing areas near the Pengerang Integrated Complex were affected by the explosion and fire early today. (Bernama pic)

KOTA TINGGI: Residents around Pengerang have been advised to stay calm as there is no gas leak reported in the explosion and fire at the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) early today.

Johor International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse said the explosion only involved the pipes and not the tanks.

Petronas had also confirmed the air quality reading is stable, he added.

“If it was the tank that exploded, then it will be really serious.

“There is no threat. The situation is safe and we hope the people will understand and not panic,” he told reporters here today.

Puah said the state government would be assisting people affected in the explosion to claim their losses from Petronas.

“The cause of fire is under investigation and this will take two to three more days.”

State Islamic Religious Affairs and Education Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan, who was also present, said three areas were affected by the explosion.

Six houses in Kampung Lepau were affected. The situation in Kampung Sungai Kapal and Taman Rengit Jaya is being investigated.

“Quick action by the Petronas Emergency Response Team helped to put out the fire in half an hour,” Aminolhuda said.