The fire was observed around 3.05 am and the unit immediately activated the emergency shutdown. The fire was extinguished by 7:30 am. A company spokesperson said that the fire was because of leakage from a gas line.
"There have been no casualties or injury in the plant. The cause of the incident is being investigated,” the company said in a statement.
Reports said that explosions were heard but ONGC dismissed it, citing the noise heard was owing to more gas being released for flaring to depressurise the gas line.
“All efforts are being made to resume normal operations in the plant at the earliest,” ONGC said.
A fire was observed in the Hazira Gas processing plant in the morning today. Fire has been brought under control. T… https://t.co/xQJ2a85M9Z— ONGC (@ONGC_) 1600912827000
Reacting to this news, shares of ONGC fell over 3% Thursday on the Bombay Stock Exchange. They recovered a little intraday to end at Rs 66.40 a share, down almost 2%.
The incident triggered concerns over safety of these units. It occurred a year after a major fire broke out at ONGC’s gas processing unit in Navi Mumbai’s Uran area, which killed four people in September 2019. In March 2019, there was another major incident as an oil well run by the company at Nandej near Ahmedabad caught fire.
Read More News on
Download The Economic Times News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News.
- Powerful explosion rocks Kolkata's Beleghata, no reports of casualties
- Blast in Pulwama, no casualties reported
- Gujarat: Another fire at SSG Hospital in Vadodara, no casualty
- Maharashtra: Mild earthquake hits Palghar, no casualty
- Maharashtra: Fire at commercial building in Thane; no casualty reported
- Gujarat: 4.1 magnitude quake recorded in Rajkot, no casualties