Another ONGC related death at Mehsana

Vol 22, PW 20 (25 Jul 19) News in Brief

Yet another death at ONGC and still there's no sign it is doing anything to improve its safety record.

PETROWATCH learns at least one worker was killed and four others seriously injured when a hole they were digging at the North SANTHAL central tank farm at the Mehsana asset on the night of July 9 caved in on them. One worker, Ishwar Oboni Munda of West Bengal, was trapped and died immediately; others were rushed to hospital, according to police.

Workers were doing foundation work under the redevelopment of the SANTHAL field approved by the ONGC board in February 2017 for Rs1162.56cr ($168.5m). This redevelopment includes revamping and upgrading the North SANTHAL and South SANTHAL gas gathering stations and central tank farms, constructing a 4000 cm/d effluent treatment plant, and drilling 129 wells.

Construction was meant to be completed by September 2020 and drilling by March 2026. ONGC awarded the revamping contract to HAL Offshore on May 17, 2017 but it could not be confirmed whether all five workers were with HAL or another contractor.

An ONGC spokesperson refused to give details of the incident.