...resumes supply from Bassein field after a five-day closure

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 28 2009, 05:36am hrs
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Friday resumed normal gas supplies from its biggest gas field after a five-day shutdown at a facility that curtailed supplies by over 42%.

Normal supplies resumed from Bassein field (in offshore Mumbai) this morning, a senior company official said. ONGC had shut the BPA production complex on February 22 to hook-up a new platform. The shutdown was to last nine days but the company was able to connect the new facility in record time to resume normal production, much to the relief of already fuel starved industry.

The shutdown of BPA complex had lead to fall in gas supplies to 17.5 million standard cubic meters per day from 30.55 mmscmd. During normal days, BPA received 28 mmscmd from Bassein field and 2.55 mmscmd from B-55 fields.

The 13 mmscmd production cut was pro-rated among all consumers including power and fertiliser units by state-owned gas marketing and transportation monopoly GAIL India Ltd. The new platform would help the company cater to expansions in output on the fields.

Last week, a under-sea pipeline leakage had cut supplies from Panna-Mukta and Tapti fields, also in western offshore, by 25%. The supplies fell to 12 mmscmd from 16 mmscmd.

Normal supplies were restored after a three-day disruption of the fields that are jointly operated by BG Group of UK, Reliance Industries and ONGC. ONGC holds 40% stake in the fields while BG and Reliance have 30% a piece.