Crystal Sea reaches MHN in September

Vol 10, PW 8 (10 Aug 06) News in Brief

Full production from the Mumbai High North field following a devastating blaze on 27th July last year will have to wait a bit longer.

PETROWATCH understands Crystal Sea, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) unit, will return to the field only in September after minor repairs. Crystal Sea arrived at Mumbai High in May this year on a five-year contract to begin production from nearby marginal fields.

But ONGC diverted her to the Mumbai High North. In June she suffered minor damage and Jindal Drilling - which hired the Seadrill-owned Crystal Sea to ONGC - thought it could repair the damage with local spares but realised it needed to import them.

Waiting for spares from abroad is taking time. ONGC wants to use Crystal Sea as a temporary substitute for the MHN platform, which was completely destroyed in the blaze.

ONGC tells us that before the accident Mumbai High North was producing 106,000 b/d but is now pumping out 85,000 b/d.