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Explosion and fire at ONGC gas plant near Mumbai kill four

05 September 2019

An Indian Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) gas processing plant in Uran, near Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra state, was hit by an explosion and huge fire on September 3 that killed the plant production supervisor and three security staff.

Uran gas treatment plant - Image: ONGC
Uran gas treatment plant - Image: ONGC

Three other security staff were injured in the fire and local police said 5,000 nearby residents were evacuated for a short time after the incident.

According to the Hindustan Times, senior company officials inspected the plant the following day to assess the damage and to investigate the causes.

An ONGC press statement said that on the morning of September 3 a strong hydrocarbon smell was reported at the Demineralised Water Plant (Oily Water Sewage Pit) and nearby security cabin, which is outside the main processing area. Plant personnel rushed to the site but a “major fire incident” then occurred.

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