Java Oil Field Shut Down, Workers Demanding Outsourcing End

Oil rig towers, West Java oils field have been shut by outsourcing protests. (Photo: Enrico Strocchi)

Oil rig towers (Photo: Enrico Strocchi)

Indonesia’s state-owned oil company Pertamina EP was forced to shut down its Jatibarang oil field in West Java, following protests by its employees demanding that the company end its outsourcing scheme.

“However, we expect our oil production to reach less than 131,000 bpd by the end of this year because output from our Jatibarang field has been halted since last week,” he told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview.

Around 700 outsourced workers at Pertamina EP’s oil field in Indramayu, West Java, reportedly staged a series of protests since Wednesday, 3 October 2012, blocking the roads to the oil production facility and shutting down the field’s compressor.

At least four Pertamina EP officials were injured in an attack by some of the protesters, according to the company.

According to the workers, the demand for Pertamina EP to end its outsourcing policy was initially presented to the company in July. The demand had still had still not been accepted when the protest began.

In June, Pertamina said that the amount  crude oil produced Balongan refinery in West Java was cut due to worker protests.

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