Mumbai High leak under control

ONGC says oil is no longer leaking from the Mumbai Uran Trunk (MUT) pipeline serving the Mumbai High offshore complex.

Offshore staff

NEW DELHI -- ONGC says oil is no longer leaking from the Mumbai Uran Trunk (MUT) pipeline serving the Mumbai High offshore complex.

A leak was observed last week, 2 km (1.2 mi) from the BPB platform on the Bassein oil and gas field, 80 km (49.7 mi) from Mumbai coast. A regional contingency plan was activated immediately.

ONGC informed India’s FODAG (Flag Officer Defence Advisory Group) and Coast Guard, and the latter implemented a National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan to ensure minimum damage to environment.

In addition, ONGC mobilized a pipeline repair vessel and three multi-purpose support vessels to the site to investigate the extent of leakage for containment and repair purposes. Its initial assessment was that the oil spill was around 1 mi (1.6 km) long.

However, after assessing the situation the Coast Guard has advised that the situation is under control, and has decided to withdraw its regional contingency plan.

ONGC says it will continue surveillance and monitoring of operations with the Coast Guard. In the meantime, oil production from Mumbai High has resumed through the ICP-Heera Uran Trunk (HUT) pipeline.

01/24/2011

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