Cairn India to shut MPT in October

Vol 19, PW 1 (10 Sep 15) News in Brief

Have no fear – Cairn’s Mangala Processing Terminal (MPT) is shutting down for maintenance in October but oil production from its Mangala, Bhagyam and Aishwariya fields will remain largely unaffected.

With a capacity to process up to 300,000 b/d of oil, Cairn is shutting the MPT for 10 days from October 4-14. But an industry source says this will only partially impact average oil production of 172,000 b/d from the RJ-ON-90/1 block while Cairn works on pipelines charged with crude.

During the shutdown Cairn will replace pipelines transporting crude from 17 well pads at Mangala, seven at Bhagyam and well pad number 8 at Aishwariya. "Cairn is evaluating bids from contractors who can work on maintenance during the shutdown," we hear.

"Contracts will be awarded this month (September)." Cairn’s MPT also saw work disrupted for two days last month from August 19 because of a flash strike by security personnel, allegedly instigated by an underworld “syndicate.

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