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ONGC: No damage due to oil spill near Uran: ONGC


State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on Sunday said last week’s “minor” oil spill near Uran in Mumbai did not cause any loss to the fishing and farming communities in the area.

“In the morning hours of September 8, 2023, a minor quantity of oil leaked from one of the crude oil storage tanks at ONGC Uran Plant. Due to heavy rains, the leaked oil entered the stormwater drain channel,” ONGC said in a press statement, adding that since the volume of oil that leaked from the plant was minimal, it got trapped between the rocks on the beach, with only traces reaching the shoreline.

“Immediately, the oil spill response (OSR) team from ONGC was deployed to avoid the ingress of oil into the sea and cleaning of the shoreline commenced on war footing,” the statement said.

Undersea pipelines bring crude oil from ONGC’s fields in the Arabian Sea to Uran before transferring it to refineries for processing. Prior to the September 8 incident, the pipeline had reported a major spill in 2013.
Due to heavy rains on the day of the incident, and the beach being a rocky area, the cleaning took a lot of effort. “Due to the ONGC team’s timely and tireless efforts, the oil did not enter the sea and no damage to marine life is anticipated,” it said.ONGC said that the local villagers had taken an unauthorised water connection to their fields by breaching the stormwater drain channel wall from the plant for irrigation purposes.”Due to this breach, a small quantity of oil entered only 4-5 paddy fields. The damage to paddy fields is also very limited,” the company said. “None of the fishermen have suffered any loss due to the small oil spill, as it is on the rocky part of the beach.””Prompt and proactive actions by ONGC for cleaning of oil from the beach and drain channels has led to an early restoration, which is now nearing completion,” the statement said.


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