December 9, 2016 8:27:07 pm
ONGC lost around 100 tonnes of crude oil after a trunk pipeline belonging to the oil PSU was damaged in North Gujarat, where a private construction firm was laying optical fibre cables. “ONGC Ahmedabad Asset has suffered severe damage to one of its trunk pipelines carrying crude oil from group gathering stations of Kalol field near village Saij in Gandhinagar district,” said the company in a statement. The incident occurred late in the evening on Thursday. The spillage occurred on the service road adjacent to a flyover over the Mehsana-Ahmedabad highway near ONGC’s Well Stimulation Services (WSS) plant.
“ONGC took prompt action and immediately stopped pumping oil in both North Kalol and South Kalol lines in order to avoid any further spillage. Due to the closure of the main two pipelines, a number of flowing crude oil wells in this area have been closed which has resulted in additional loss of approximately 500 tonnes of crude oil to ONGC. The closure of these wells will have a cascading effect towards reviving them with the same production rate,” the release added.
ONGC in its statement said the pipeline was damaged “during digging for laying optical fibre cable by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) contractors.” “The job of laying optical fibre underneath the service road in the operational area of ONGC was undertaken without prior information or permission,” the company added. It also added that technical team has been deployed to the site to arrest the leakage and carry out the necessary repair work. The company has also undertaken remedial actions on “war-footing” to avoid any adverse impact on the environment in nearby areas.
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