Leakage detected at ONGC’s Mumbai Uran Trunk (MUT) - Contingency Plan Activated
Dated : 21 January 2011 01:48:11 AM
A leakage has been detected at ONGC’s Mumbai Uran Trunk (MUT) oil pipeline at 0845 hours this morning. The leakage was observed about 2 Kms from BPB platform (Bassein oil and gas field) in western offshore, 80 kms from Mumbai coast.
The Regional Contingency Plan (which is the existing emergency response measure) has been activated immediately on detection of the leak.
FODAG (Flag Officer Defence Advisory Group) and Coast Guard have been informed. National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan is also being activated by Coast Guard to ensure minimum damage to environment.
ONGC has mobilised the pipeline repair vessel including three Multi Support Vessels to the site to ascertain the extent of leakage for containment and repair. The initial assessment of extent of oil spill is about one mile long.
The oil production from Mumbai High is being diverted to the ICP-Heera Uran Trunk (HUT) pipeline. Some connected oil and gas wells are being closed for safety reasons. The production loss may last for about three hours only. Due to these interim measures, a loss of approx 25,000 barrels is anticipated. The MUT currently pumps 2,12,000 bopd.
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd.
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