Indian Gail Cuts Local Gas Supplies Due to Fire
India’s biggest gas transportation company Gail has cut supplies by up to 40% for downstream customers due to a fire at the state-run explorer ONGC’s gas plant in Hazira in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Gail said on September 24 in a statement.
Due to the fire break-out in the early hours of September 24, about 30mn m3/day of natural gas supplies into Gail's north-western pipeline network was immediately shut-off by ONGC, to prevent any further damages, Gail added. According to local media reports, the fire has been extinguished and there has no casualties.
“In the force majeure event triggered by the ONGC Hazira incident, supply cuts up to 40% against current allocations has been imposed on the downstream customers. However, uninterrupted supplies are continued to be maintained to the CGD [city gas distribution] customers for supporting domestic kitchens and public transportation,” the company said.
Gail said the north-western pipeline grid supports about 80mn m3/day and there is no damage to the network due to the incident at Hazira.
“Gail is committed for safe operation of the pipeline network and is maintaining close coordination with ONGC teams at the site, towards speedier restoration of natural gas supplies through alternative systems,” it said.