Baghjan fire: Bodies of two OIL employees recovered today
Published on June 10, 2020 | News Source: Pranjal Saikia/File photo: Manoranjan Moran
Tinsukia, 10 June:Two employees of fire services department of the Oil India Limited (OIL), Durlov Gogoi, Assistant Operator and Tikheswar Gohain, Assistant Operator, who lost their lives in the fire that broke out at the blowout gas well at Baghjan oil field yesterday, were recovered this morning.
The Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the OIL, had a detailed discussion with Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industries & Commerce, Assam. at Tinsukia today in the presence of Bhaskar Pegu, Deputy Commissioner, Tinsukia, and appraised the minister about the status of firefighting at Baghjan as well as actions so far taken by the OIL to control the flow of gas from the well that had suffered blowout on May 27 last.
The OIL authority is providing immediate compensation to the families of its two employees who had lost their life in the fire that broke out yesterday in Baghjan.
Four persons - two from OIL, one from ONGC and one from a contractor organisation - sustained minor injuries and have been given immediate medical help.
As of now, fire tenders are spraying water to contain well fire from spreading to the surrounding areas. Arrangement for additional water for fire control is in progress.
Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel , Dharmendra Pradhan conducted another emergency video conference today at 10 AM with OIL teams at Duliajan and Baghjan. The Minister took stock of the ground situation and advised OIL to take immediate action for providing all necessary support to the affected people in the fire. The minister further advised OIL team to take all steps to control the spread of fire.
As an immediate actionable measure after the meeting, CMD-OIL constituted four teams, viz. (i) Technical, (ii) Arrangements & Facilities, (iii) Relief and Rehabilitation and (iv) Other Issues for effective execution of measures in the current crisis situation.
The team of Experts’ team from M/s Alert, Singapore visited the well site this morning along with OIL & ONGC teams to assess the current situation and is currently preparing the roadmap for the next course of action.
Affected people in the surrounding areas have been accommodated at 12 relief camps set uo at a safe distance with the help of District Administration and arrangement for food and other basic needs have been made.