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Topic 10: ONGC Mumbai High Accident (July 27, 2005 @ West Coast of India)
The Mumbai High Field was discovered in 1974 and is located in the Arabian Sea. The field is divided into two blocks, North and South. It had the capacity of 180,000 barresls per day. It is operated by state owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC), and is protected by one private company and Indian Navy.
On July 27,2005, 160km West of Mumbai Cost (India), 11 people were killed & 11 missing. 362 people were rescued by Offshore Vessel, Helicopters, Indian Navy and Coast Guards. The fire was triggered when a vessel collided with one of the four platforms. The platform was destroyed within 2 hours of fire. The property loss faced by ONGC is 300Million USD. In the acciddent one was the Multi Purpose Support Vessel (MPSV) caught fire and later sunk on August 1, 2005,12 Nautical mile from the coast.
In order to control the further loss and hinderance to environment, the subsurface safety valves were closed.