Mumbai: An oil leak was detected at Oil and Natural Gas Corp’s (ONGC) Mumbai Uran Trunk (MUT) oil pipeline at 08:45 am on Friday. The leakage was observed 2 km from the BPB platform (at the Bassein oil and gas field) 80 km from Mumbai coast.
The Regional Contingency Plan (the existing emergency response measure) was activated immediately on detection of the 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 Coast Guard to ensure minimum damage to environment. ONGC has dispatched a pipeline repair vessel and three multi support vessels to the site to ascertain the extent of the leakage for containment and repair.
The initial assessment of the extent of the 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. MUT currently pumps 212,000 bopd (barrels of oil per day).