CPCL Cleanse Oil Spill on Tamil Nadu Coast

  • Cyclone Michaung caused unprecedented flooding and the water level in the Buckingham Canal increased causing reverse flow.
  • This carried some oil from the Chennai Petroleum Corporation (CPCL) Refinery and other industrial units in the Manali area into Buckingham Canal when the flood levels receded.
  • An oil slick has since been formed near the Ennore creek.
  • CPCL is coordinating with State Authorities.
  • There has been no pipeline leak or leakage from tanks in the refinery, and the refinery is under operation.


  • Mobilised 4 Agencies from Chennai, Mumbai and Paradip
  • Containment booms have been arranged around 1430 mts in different areas of the Creek and Canal
  • 6 Oil Skimmers have been deployed
  • Oily waters collected in drums were shifted to CPCL
  • Around 20,000 absorbent pads were used for the removal of oil traces from the water surface
  • Around 110 boats with 440 manpower have been deployed
  • House cleaning of the affected area is being carried out
  • Hydro jetting machines and Wet and dry Vacuum Machines have been employed
  • Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), including 600 gloves, 1000 masks, 750 gumboots, 500 Helmets, 550 Boiler Suits and 500 goggles have been distributed to the local workforce at the Ennore Creek area
  • A dedicated team from CPCL is continuously monitoring all the above activities under the guidance of TNPCB and State Authorities
  • Around 11000 bags of rice, 6000 bags of groceries, 3000 Sarees, 2000 Women’s Clothing, 2000 Dhotis, 2000 Bedsheets, 2000 Mosquito coils, 500 Sleeping mats and other essential items have been handed over to the State nodal officer by way of relief
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