State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on Monday said a barge with 261 of its personnel deployed for offshore drilling in Bombay High in the Arabian Sea got de-anchored and started drifting because of the cyclonic storm Tauktae.
However, all the 261 people on board barge P305 are accounted for at 1300 hrs and barge has also been “steadied”, an official spokesperson told PTI.
“Ahead of the cyclone, the barge was anchored at a safe distance but with the impact of the cyclone, it got de-anchored and drifted. However, it has been steadied again and is brought under control,” the spokesperson said.
As the cyclone is still active and yet to make a landfall, the situation is being constantly monitored.
The spokesperson also said that the Navy has pressed the warship INS Kochi and other assets into service to meet any eventuality.
On receipt of a request for assistance for a Barge ‘P305’ adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High area with 273 personnel onboard, #INSKochi sailed with despatch from #Mumbai for Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance. @DDNewslive@indiannavy @ANI pic.twitter.com/yy3WqhDc57
— PRO Defence Mumbai (@DefPROMumbai) May 17, 2021
Bombay High off the Mumbai cost is the largest oil and gas assets of ONGC.
ONGC carries on offshore drilling from platforms in the Arabian Sea. As per a recent media report, the company produces 50,000 barrels of crude per day from the Heera platform. Typically, staff are taken for offshore drilling operations by air.
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