South Asia

Oil pipeline leak causes mile-long slick near Mumbai

A leaking oil and gas pipeline has caused a mile-long slick off India's western coast, says the state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

The leak occurred in the Mumbai-Uran trunk oil pipeline and an ONGC spokesman described it as "small".

The leak, discovered at 8:45am (0315 GMT), was plugged after two hours and oil was diverted through another pipeline, the spokesman told the BBC.

About 25,000 barrels of oil had been lost, he said.

The leak is about 80km (50 miles) from the western city of Mumbai (Bombay).

"It has been estimated that the oil spill will be dispersed within 48 hours," an ONGC statement said.

In August, a tanker collided with a ship off Mumbai, spilling about 500 tonnes of oil into the Arabian Sea.

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