ONGC experts bring ‘Pethai’ hit offshore drilling rig in India’s Eastern Coast to normal

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By Sarkaritel December 22, 2018 17:55


A team of experts mobilised by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) brought cyclone hit semi-submersible rig ‘Olinda Star’ back to normal. The rig had reported tilting at an angle in the aftermath of cyclone Pethai which hit coastal Andhra Pradesh last week.

The rig ‘Olinda Star’ had been deployed for ONGC operations on the East Coast of India. After Met Department’s cyclone warning, the 111 crew members working on the rig were evacuated on 14th and 15th December itself. ONGC made elaborate and quick arrangements for evacuating persons and deployed helicopters and boats.

As the weather had been rough with large swells hampering the approach to the rig via sea, Indian Navy helicopters were pressed into service to ferry expert crew to the rig. Twelve persons including salvage team members, boarded the rig on December 21 morning and carried out the salvage operation promptly, re-stabilizing the rig. ONGC’s top management, including CMD Mr Shashi Shanker, were personally monitoring the development.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel December 22, 2018 17:55