SIVASAGAR, July 26: A team of ONGC engineers, with support from Indian Navy, has successfully plugged a gas leakage on an unmanned offshore platform in Mumbai High South around 180 km from the sea shore in the Arabian Sea. A gas leakage was observed in one of the unmanned wellhead platforms S1-6, in the south field of Mumbai High. As a safety measure, the platform team immediately initiated all remote actions to shut down the well platform and to bleed off the pressure in the pipe lines. Fire-fighting vessels were instantly deployed near the platform to provide water blanketing by continuously spraying water.
Attempts were made to transfer the ONGC team to the unmanned platform taking all safety precautions. ONGC approached Indian Navy for help. After detailed discussions between ONGC and Indian Navy, it was decided to winch down the ONGC team with the help of Indian Navy commandos. The ONGC team comprising BKB Patel, Sanjib Kumar, Ravindra Kumar and SK Khakhalary, displayed extreme courage in adverse conditions. They quickly learnt the technique and in synergy with Navy commandos, landed on the unmanned well head platform S1-6. Braving rough weather, the team identified the leakage source successfully and safely plugged it within one hour, making the well ready to flow.