Cairn plans Rajasthan production shutdown

Vol 17, PW 24 (17 Jul 14) News in Brief

Cairn will temporarily halt production of more than 200,000 b/d from its Rajasthan block RJ-ON-90/1 as it carries out maintenance to its Mangala Processing Terminal (MPT).

Cairn's seven-day shutdown from August 21 to 27 will allow it to increase the MPT's oil handling capacity from 200,000 to 300,000 b/d by installing storage tanks built by Tata Projects. "This is the first time the MPT will shut completely since it began operating (on August 29, 2009)," confirms Cairn.

"It's a statutory requirement that such facilities should shut for maintenance every few years." Besides carrying out necessary repairs, Cairn will add crude flow pipelines to the MPT which sprawls over 1.6-sq km, according to a contractor hired to work on the project.

Separately, Cairn announced on June 17 it had secured environment ministry clearance to increase oil production from RJ-ON-90/1 to 300,000 b/d. Cairn boss Anil Aggarwal wants production to hit 400,000 b/d.