ONGC oil rig off Andhra Pradesh coast found tilted

ONGC oil rig off Andhra Pradesh coast found tilted
The tilted deck of the ONGC oil rig off Andhra Pradesh. (File)
KAKINADA, Dec 21 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/21/2018 12:00:53 PM IST

An Indian Navy chopper was pressed into service to stabilise a tilted hydrocarbon excavation rig belonged to the public sector major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the Bay of Bengal between Kakinada and Yanam on Friday.

According to the ONGC officials, a Brazilian company had installed ‘Olinda Star’ rig in the Bay of Bengal for the ONGC and taken care of its operation and maintenance. Over 120 personnel were deployed on the rig.

The rig, however, was abandoned last week following an alert of severe cyclone from the Meteorological department. Post-Phethai, the ONGC spotted that the rig got tilted and asked the service provider to rectify the same.

 “We have received information that the works are in progress. Operations will be resumed at the rig in a day or two,” said a senior official from the ONGC’s Eastern Offshore Asset.



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