Oil leak under control, spill will disperse in 48 hrs: ONGC
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Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011, 20:59
New Delhi: The oil leak that created a mile-long slick some 80 km off the Mumbai Coast this morning has been brought under control and the spill is likely to disperse within 48 hours, state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said.

"The leakage of oil has stopped... oil spill is under control... It has been estimated that oil spill will be dispersed within 48 hours," ONGC said in a statement.

At around 0845 hours this morning, the company had detected a leak in its Mumbai-Uran Trunk (MUT) oil pipeline, which transports crude oil from the Mumbai High offshore fields.

Production from ONGC's Mumbai High field, the nation's biggest oilfield, and Bassein oilfield was stopped immediately after the leak was detected and the pipeline shut down.

Output has since been resumed and crude oil from the offshore field is being transported ashore through a separate line.

"The Coast Guard had assessed the situation of oil spill and feeling that matter is under control decided to withdraw the Regional Contingency Plan," ONGC said. "Surveillance and monitoring of operations will continue jointly by ONGC and the Coast Guard," it added.

The Mumbai High and Bassein fields together produce 247,000 barrels of oil per day, but on account of the brief stoppage, crude output would be about 25,000 barrels less today.

"A leak was detected and crude pumping on the line stopped... ONGC has reacted immediately to control the spill," Oil Secretary S Sundareshan said.

ONGC said the leakage was observed 2 km from the BPB Platform (Bassein oil and gas field) in the Western Offshore. Oil and gas production from Mumbai High is now being routed through the ICP-Heera-Uran Trunk (HUT) pipeline.

The company had sent vessels to the site to ascertain the extent of leakage and contain the spill, as well as repair the pipeline.

Shares of ONGC fell after the news and closed 2.6 percent down at Rs 1,105 on the Bombay Stock Exchange on Friday.


First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 20:59

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