2 dead, 4 injured in fire in ONGC oil well near Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: At least two contractual workers died and 4 others injured when a fire broke out in an oil well of public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) at Nandej near Ahmedabad last night.

Police said that one worker died on the spot while the other succumbed today.

Meanwhile, a statement by ONGC issued today said, ‘A fire broke out around 2030 hours in an ONGC well at Nandej (Well #6) near Ahmedabad while workover (repair and maintenance) operations were being carried out by chartered hire Workover Rig Akash 4 on Wednesday. The senior officers from ONGC Ahmedabad Asset including Asset Manager, Crisis Management Team, HSE (Health, Medical and Environment), Security and Medical services had immediately rushed to the spot to take all possible measures to bring the fire under control. The state administration including police and fire services provided all supports to contain the situation. Nine fire tenders (4 own and 5 from District Fire Services) were deployed and the fire was completely extinguished by 2120 hours.’

‘Unfortunately two contractual workers have lost their lives in the incident. While Sanjay Mahendra Singh, 25 was brought dead, Shahjad Alam Ansari, 27 succumbed to the injury at 0700 hours today. Four other contractual workers who were afflicted with severe burn injuries are being treated at a Hospital in Ahmedabad. While reasons behind this accident are being enquired into, ONGC is committed to provide all support as per its policy to the bereaved families as well as the ones who have suffered burn injuries,’ it said.