A MAJOR spillage occurred on 18 August from the subsea pipeline carrying crude oil from ONGC’s Mumbai High North oilfield to Uran.
A MAJOR spillage occurred on 18 August from the subsea pipeline carrying crude oil from ONGC’s Mumbai High North oilfield to Uran. The leakage caused an oil spill about 120 nautical miles off the Ratnagiri coastline, India. Ruling out sabotage, a top ONGC official said the 203-km long pipeline developed the leak about 5km from the oilfield. The pipeline rests on the seabed at water depths of between 50 and 70m, and supplies crude to the refineries along India’s western coast.
V K Sharma, ONGC’s director – offshore, said: “Production will be affected since the trunk pipeline which reaches Uran and brings oil from several wells will have to be temporarily capped.” The corporation rapidly contained the leakage, and has started repairs on the damaged section. “It will take at least 10 days to repair the pipeline, which was set up in the 1970s,” Sharma said. “Even though we have detected and isolated the leakage, we have diverted crude by routing it through a loop pipeline. Repairs are being carried out on the high seas amid choppy weather conditions”, he said.