ONGC caps and abandons Olpad#31

Vol 18, PW 18 (07 May 15) News in Brief

Two lives have tragically been lost but ONGC has at least contained the fire at well Olpad#31 at Dihen village in south Gujarat following a blow out on April 18.

“Both the gas leak and fire were put out by May 1 and we capped and abandoned the well on May 4,” confirms a senior ONGC source. Sadly, crane operator Shivram Baguji Kalgude, 51, who was severely burned, died on April 30.

‘Slinger’ Manhar Wankar, 37, also died on May 3. Both were from Ankleshwar and hired by Sitaram Energy and Logistics.

This blow out took place three days after gas began leaking on April 15 during workover at the well producing 20,000 cm/d. Ten others were injured.

“ONGC is not legally bound to pay but we’ll still provide Rs500,000 ($7862) each to families of the deceased,” ONGC tells us. “We’ll also help by hiring family members.

” A two-member team from US blowout experts Boots & Coots, which rushed to Dihen on April 21, left on May 2. Plans to drill a 'relief' well were abandoned.