Zee Media Bureau
Mumbai: The Coast Guard officials of Indian Navy on Saturday night diverted their ships to provide immediate assistance to the people who were reportedly trapped at an oil rig at Bombay High during an incident of gas leak from an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) well, reports said.
According to initial reports, a massive evacuation process has begun after the unfortunate incident of gas leak happened here. The rig is situated about 62 kilometres off the coast of Mumbai.
ONGC officials immediately activated safety procedures, shut down drilling operations and evacuated all non-essential staff.
The corporation officials also confirmed that there was no loss of life or property.
"There was no blowout. It was just a gas leak. All operations are safe. There is no loss of life or property," a top ONGC source said, PTI reported.
ONGC was drilling a side track well from a platform called NF on the Mumbai High North field.
"A gas pool was not expected at shallow depth of 1000 to 1100 meters. But during drilling operations, some gas came out and we have taken all precautionary measures," an official said.
Side track well is a secondary wellbore away from the original wellbore. This is done to bypass an unusable section of the original wellbore or explore a geologic feature nearby.
The source said drilling operations were stopped and experts were called in to control the gas flow.
"All non-essential people have been evacuated," an official said, adding there were 82 personnel at the drilling site, of which 40 have been evacuated.
Fire fighting equipment have been moved to the location and Navy, Coast Guard as well as helicopter company Pawan Hans are assisting in rescue operations.
With agency inputs