KUALA TERENGGANU — Jan. 3, 2019: Petronas has activated its emergency response team as their Peninsular Malaysia sssets’ offshore facilities experience high waves and strong winds resulting from of tropical storm Pabuk.
But the situation is currently under control and all personnel safe.
“We are currently liaising with the authorities and closely monitoring the situation,” the national oil company said in a statement.
A video showing powerful winds accompanied by huge waves of tropical storm Pabuk smashing into an oil rig in Terengganu waters has gone viral on social media since yesterday.
The situation was said to be worrying as several rig workers who were scheduled to return to the mainland today were stranded on the rig.
A worker called Amir when contacted by Bernama said they were anxious about the situation following strong winds with speed up to 50 knots an hour caused the rig to sway.
“This is the first time such a phenomenon has occurred since I started working on the rig eight years ago… I could only think of my family, about what will happen to them if something happens to me,” he said.
Nonetheless, he grew more optimistic as calm weather returned today and the wind speed slowed to 30 knots.
“We have been ordered not to leave our living quarters by the offshore installation manager since yesterday,” he said.