Riots kill two at Pertamina's Tiaka oil field in Indonesia

By Phaedra Friend Troy

According to a report from Reuters, protesters have forced national oil company Pertamina and its partner Medco Tormori to stop production at the Tiaka oil field in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi. 

Petroleum regulator BP Migas reports that protestors stormed the oil and gas facilities at Tiaka Island over the weekend, and local police claim that two people have died in the violence. 

Local residents attacked the oil and gas development, and the clash with police and navy has resulted in the deaths and various injuries. 

Facility staff and crew are being evacuated, while police and soldiers guard the wells and production facilities that produce about 1,600 barrels of oil a day. 

Pertamina told Reuters that the company would assess damages and hopes to restart production in a matter of days.

Just last month, super-major ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and Pertamina committed to a multi-billion-dollar development of the Banyu Urip oil field in Indonesia.

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