After a fortnight-long search, the missing Single-Point Mooring (SPM) buoy, belonging to Cairn India, has been found. The SPM has been found submerged at the same place where it was earlier anchored in the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Jamnagar in Gujarat.
“The SPM was found submerged at a depth of 28-30 meters in a sonar survey that was undertaken by mounting a sonar on a special ship contracted from the Shipping Corporation of India,” Sunil Bharati, head of Corporate Affairs and Communications said about the equipment that went missing on August 14.
Cairn had undertaken a joint aerial and sea survey along with the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy for the searching the the SPM that was anchored about 6-7 nautical miles offshore and was meant to be connected with a 670-km-long pipeline for evacuating crude originating from the Mangla oil fields in Rajasthan. “Now we will be sending in divers to ascertain the causes behind the submergence,” he said, adding that the company was trying to retrieve and repair the SPM that was yet to be commissioned.
Multi-disciplinary teams consisting of operations, projects, aerial and marine experts had worked together on this search mission and had scanned an area of 70 nautical miles in length and 30 miles in breath.