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Massive fire at ONGC plant hit gas supplies to industries

September 28/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) plant caused by a pipeline rupture has cut gas supplies to customers including power and fertilizer companies, reported Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to gas marketing firm GAIL's (India) Ltd statement on Thursday.

The fire broke out on Thursday morning at ONGC's Hazira gas processing plant in western Gujarat state and has since been extinguished, ONGC said, adding that there were no casualties.

The plant, which produces liquefied petroleum gas and other products such as naphtha, has been closed but ONGC said it is working to resume normal operations.

GAIL, India's biggest gas marketing firm, supplies the bulk of gas produced at ONGC's western offshore fields to customers in the states of Gujarat, Goa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

It supplies about 60 million standard cubic metres of gas daily to these customers.

In a statement, GAIL said ONGC had shut off the supply of 30 MM standard cubic metres a day (mmscmd) of gas to GAIL's north-western pipeline network to contain any further damage.

"Supply cuts of up to 40% against current allocations have been imposed on downstream customers," it said, adding that supplies to households had not been disrupted and the pipeline grid, which supports about 80 mmscmd of gas, had not been damaged.

India's biggest utility NTPC Ltd shut its 656 megawatt gas-based power plant at Kawas near Hazira and a 657 megawatt Jhanor-Gandhar plant due to gas supply disruption, a person at the company said.

Capacity utilization at fertilizer maker KRIBHCO fell to 50% and Jadish Prasad Verma, general manger for production at the company's Hazira plant, said they were trying to secure gas from other local suppliers.

Gas supplies to customers have temporarily closed due to safety reasons, an ONGC spokesman said.

"There could be some impact on our production... We are investigating the cause of fire, and extent of damage."

NTPC did not respond to Reuters emails seeking comments.

Surat Collector and District Magistrate Dhaval Patel, a senior city official, told Reuters the fire was caused by a rupture in a pipeline at the gas terminal. ONGC's plant is in Surat, a city in Gujarat.

"The area was cordoned off, depressurized and cooled as part of firefighting measures," Patel said.

Surat Municipal Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said the fire was in the 36-inch Uran-Mumbai gas pipeline.

As MRC informed earlier, four people were killed and three seriously injured in a fire at an oil and gas processing plant on the outskirts of Mumbai run by Indias Oil and Natural Gas Corp. The fire broke out in the morning, on 3 September. ONGC supplies crude oil from the plant to the Mumbai-based refineries of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) as well as natural gas to city gas distribution company Mahanagar Gas Ltd in Mumbai.

We remind that in January 2020, BPCL said it would invest about Rs25,000 crore to set up an ethylene cracker plant at Rasayani, 50 kilometres from its Mumbai refinery, as the firm pushes further into the petrochemicals business to fuel growth.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's overall PE production totalled 1,712,400 tonnes in the first seven months of 2020, up by 58% year on year. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) accounted for the greatest increase in the output. At the same time, overall PP production in Russia increased in January-July 2020 by 24% year on year to 1,063,700 tonne. ZapSibNeftekhim accounted for the main increase in the output.

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is an Indian multinational oil and gas company. Its registered office is now at New Delhi, India. It is a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of India, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. It is India's largest oil and gas exploration and production company. It produces around 70% of India's crude oil (equivalent to around 30% of the country's total demand) and around 62% of its natural gas.

Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, LLDPE, propylene, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Bharat Petroleum, Gail India Ltd, HPCL, ONGC, India, Russia.
Category:General News
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