Petronas to ensure the safety of 155 workers on oil rig in Myanmar

The national oil company is in close contact with the team and working closely with the contractor in overseeing the wellbeing of the workers

by LYDIA NATHAN / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will extend efforts to ensure the safety of 155 contract workers on barge to the Yetagun oil rig, located off the coast of Myanmar.

The national oil company in a statement yesterday said it is in close contact with the team and working closely with the contractor in overseeing the wellbeing of the workers, besides ensuring continuous supply of essentials including food, drinking water and fuel.

It said this in response to prior reports that stated its workers were stranded offshore following a military coup in Myanmar.

Mingguan Malaysia previously reported that workers on the oil rig had lost contact with ground control and the Malaysian embassy since last week, and had expressed concerns over the decrease of food and gas supplies.

The report also said many employees are still waiting for helicopters to pick them up, but are afraid it is currently fallen under the regime of the military.

However, Petronas said it is working closely with its contractor, the Malaysian embassy, Wisma Putra and all relevant authorities in managing this matter.

“The safety and wellbeing of our contractors and their families are our utmost priority,” it said, adding that 36 workers under the contractor and two Petronas employees had been transported to hotels nearby for onshore rest and recovery while observing Covid-19 quarantine requirements.

The world watched as the Myanmar military overthrew the country’s capital Naypyidaw and took control of the nation by eliminating the National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung Sang Suu Kyi.

Since then, tens of thousands have protested on the streets across the nation, with the military attempting to stop anti-coup rallies by imposing an Internet shutdown.

Suu Kyi and senior leaders of the NLD including President Win Myint have been under house arrest since the coup began, while the army has declared a year-long state of emergency.