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How Indian Oil braved a killer cyclone

When the nature gets Rough, IOCians get Tough!
We cannot stop natural disasters,
But we can arm ourselves with knowledge, and initiate efforts;
Based on awareness and past learning
To minimize damages and losses.
Here’s a Ground Report
Preparedness of South Eastern Region Pipelines, IndianOil
To combat & minimize the damage by Cyclone-Fani, while continue to
deliver Crude Oil to down stations in order to keep Refineries running

“FANI’S Devastation Diminished by Pro-Active Measures of Indian Oil Pipelines resulting in uninterrupted fuel supply”, says Mr. P C Choubey, ED (SERPL), IndianOil 

Prepare the umbrella before it rains’ –  the saying goes with the preparedness of South Eastern Region Pipelines to face one of the strongest Cyclone Fani in Odisha. On 02nd May 2019 – a day before the wrath of Cyclone Fani – Mr. P C Choubey, ED (SERPL) – Regional Head chaired an emergency meeting at SERPL Bhubaneswar Region HQ Office with HODs of all departments and other officials with the aim ‘Zero damage to life vis-à-vis minimal damage to infrastructure’. Motivating the employees to be on toes during the calamity, Mr. P C Choubey said, “Part of knowing how to be prepared comes from being self-aware & being able to anticipate what you will need and plan accordingly”. Separate action plans were chalked out for SERPL Bhubaneswar office premises and transit camps, SERPL Paradip, SERPL Jatni and SERPL Balasore wherein cyclonic impact was predicted to be severe. The immediate decision was to set-up a control Room to monitor the status of stations/locations during expected cyclonic storm “FANI” and to take pro-active and precautionary measures. The manned control room was set operational from 03.05.2019 to 04.05.2019 at Forest Park Transit Camp, Bhubaneswar. Separate teams were formed on 02nd May 2019 to remain in constant touch with State Agencies, Fire Dept, Police, Hospitals and other authorities. A safety alert message with precautionary measures during the Cyclone was also communicated to all the employees.

Three SPMs and Offshore Pipelines stood tall amidst fearsome wrath of monstrous Cyclone Fani 

SERPL Paradip and Jatni were the most affected stations with structural, civil and interior damages. During the peak hours of Fani on 03rd May 2019, a minimal 6 hours shutdown was also taken to avoid any untoward incidence without affecting the requirements of Refinery and Marketing. The cyclone passed Paradip by around 1700 hrs on 3rd May 2019. On 4th May 2019, Marine Team conducted assessment of the condition of the marine facilities and confirmed that the SPM’s were mechanically intact.

Due to combined team effort and precautionary measures undertaken, berthing of tanker MT Selene Trader could take place on 5th May 2019 within shortest break after Cyclone Fani, thereby ensuring minimized outage of SPM.

 Subsequently, tanker berthing in other SPMs (SPM-1: Nordic Sirius on 6th May and SPM-3: Kalymnos on 7th May 2019) were carried out after full post-cyclone checks. Though there was some damages in the telemetry system due to very high winds, part-system has been restored. Functional checks/rectification are being planned during calm weather in November/December 2019.

SPM standing tall amidst Nature’s Fury with some damage in Telemetry System 

The Cyclone makes landfall on 3rd May 2019: Post-Cyclone Activities

Mr. P C Choubey, ED (SERPL) and other officials took stock of the situation at SERPL Bhubaneswar office and transit camps a day after the catastrophic cyclone crossed Odisha. There was major damage in the glass façade of SERPL office premises. But major electronic items – Tvs, desktops etc. and furniture items could be saved from damage because of the precautionary measures taken by SERPL team beforehand.

By taking pro-active measures, base and station in-charges of all locations have taken active participation for the safety of all employees and their family members.

 Aid to State Government by SERPL

 Post Cyclone Fani, IndianOil – SERPL  immediately participated in relief measures and assisted State Govt. by providing  05 Gensets – 03 nos 125 KVA & 02 nos 63 KVA – to Public Health Department, Odisha Govt on 06.05.2019 for 02 months.

Indeed, Pipeliners displayed true sense of bravery, resilience & ability to cope up with a natural calamity and are gradually healing to the after-effects of Fani. Everyone did a commendable job, which perhaps sums up the Beyond Call of Duty spirit of every IOCian!!

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