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ONGC, Reliance hope to restart gas supplies in Hazira compex soon

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New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) Energy majors Reliance and ONGC are hoping to restart operations at their plants located in the flooded Hazira gas complex in Gujarat, which has remained shut since early last morning.

ONGC is hoping to restart gas supplies in a couple of days, once water begins receding from the complex.

Meanwhile, Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd (IPCL) today temporarily shut down some of its plants at the Baroda Complex due to heavy rains in the region.

''In view of heavy rains and the prevailing flood situation at Surat and the consequent shutdown of Hazira ONGC Terminal Gas Facility, the supply to the company's Baroda Complex has been affected,'' a company statement said today.

The Company has safety-shut down some plants at the complex till normalcy in supply is restored.

The shut down of the Hazira Gas Processing Complex yesterday, submerged in 10 feet of water, suspending natural gas supplies of 40 million cubic metres a day, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the natural gas India supplies to domestic consumers, a statement had said yesterday.

The gas wells of offshore platforms of Bassein field of ONGC and Joint Venture fields of Panna-Mukta and Tapti have since been closed.

Britain's BG Group Plc, Reliance and ONGC jointly own the Panna-Mutka and Tapti fields, which produces a wide range of polymers, polyesters, fibre intermediates and petrochemicals.

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