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ONGC Uran plant fire: CNG supply to Mumbai hit

ONGC Uran Plant Fire in Navi Mumbai: At least four people were killed in the fire that erupted on Tuesday morning. Three CISF personnel were among the four dead in the fire

india Updated: Sep 03, 2019 15:08 IST
Kailash Korde
Kailash Korde
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Smoke billows from a fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's gas processing plant in Uran area near Navi Mumbai, Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019
Smoke billows from a fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's gas processing plant in Uran area near Navi Mumbai, Tuesday, Sept 3, 2019(PTI)
         

The supply of auto fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG), used for domestic cooking, was affected in Mumbai after a fire at the Uran plant of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

At least four people were killed in the fire on Tuesday morning.The fire that broke out around 6.30 am engulfed a large part of the plant within a few minutes. “We r extremely sad to have lost 4 precious lives—3 CISF jawans and a senior ONGC officer—in the unfortunate fire incident in Uran Plant today in spite of valiant efforts made to contain blaze in less than 2 hours time,” ONGC tweeted.

In Mumbai, nearly 7 lakh vehicles, including taxis, autorickshaws and public transport buses run on CNG fuel while 12 lakh homes have PNG connectivity. Mahanagar Gas Limited’s (MGL) supply both CNG and PNG in Mumbai Metropolitan Region. “Due to a major fire at ONGC’s gas processing facility at Uran today morning, gas supply to MGL’s city gate station at Wadala has been severely affected,” said a MGL statement.

Watch: Massive fire breaks out at ONGC plant in Mumbai, at least 4 killed 

ONGC had tweeted that gas from the Uran plant has been diverted to its unit in Gujarat’s Hazira.

 

MGL also informed that some CNG pumps are shut due to the supply problem though they are maintaining PNG supply with priority. “MGL is ensuring that supply to its domestic PNG consumers would be maintained on priority without interruption. However, many CNG stations, across Mumbai may not operate due to low pressure in the pipeline,” the statement added.

Industrial and commercial customers have been advised to switch to alternative fuel. “Gas supplies across MGL’s network will normalize once the supply of natural gas from ONGC is restored,” said MGL.

Last month too, CNG and PNG supply in Mumbai was hit for few days due to some technical issue at ONGC plant.

First Published: Sep 03, 2019 12:11 IST

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