India: ONGC detects oil leak on subsea pipeline offshore Mumbai

Source: ONGC

India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) leakage has been detected at ONGC’s Mumbai Uran Trunk (MUT) offshore India oil pipeline at 8:45 this morning.

The oil leak was observed 2 kilometers from the BPB platform on the Bassein oil and gas field offshore western India, about 80 kilometers from the coast of Mumbai.

The Regional Contingency Plan, which is the existing emergency response measure, has been activated immediately on detection of the oil leak. FODAG (Flag Officer Defence Advisory Group) and Coast Guard have been informed. The National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan is also being activated by the Coast Guard to ensure minimum damage to the environment.

ONGC has mobilized 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 and gas production from Mumbai High is being diverted to the ICP-Heera Uran Trunk (HUT) pipeline. 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 25,000 barrels is anticipated. The Mumbai Uran Trunk oil pipeline currently pumps 212,000 bopd.

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