UK-based Cairn Energy said it plans to make a donation to aid victims and survivors of the December 26 tsunami that struck south-eastern India. It said a payment will be made in the coming days to the Relief Fund set up by the Indian Prime Minister.

           

More than 85,000 people in several Asian and African countries have been killed by the tsunamis and the earthquake that struck off Sumatra Island.

 

Cairn Energy said its main office in Chennai was unaffected although damage was caused to the homes of some of the 370 people who work there.

It said its offshore operations in Andra Pradesh Eastern India and in the Bay of Bengal off Bangladesh are working as normal.

 

In a statement, the company said: “There was no damage or impact to the Ravva field which Cairn operates off the Andra Pradesh coastline. The Sangu gas field and on-going drilling operations in the Bay of Bengal are also working as normal.”

 

Cairn offered full support and assistance to the authorities in both areas to help deal with the effects of the Tsunami.