Baghjan fire: John Energy under scanner: OIL

Baghjan fire: John Energy under scanner: OIL

Baghjan fire

Guwahati, Nov 1, 2020: The Oil India Limited on Sunday revealed that all the inquiries ordered against the massive Baghjan fire that took place at the PSU major’s Baghjan 5 gas well will be completed within this month.

Oil’s spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said, “We have been waiting for the final report of the inquiries. The final report of the ‘probe’ will navigate whom to be punished in time.”

Well No 5, one of 22 crude oil and natural gas wells in the Baghjan Oilfield close to the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, had a blowout on May 27. It burst into flames on June 9. Following the incident, the Centre and the Assam government ordered two separate high-level inquiries into the circumstances leading to a blowout.

The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas set up a three-member high-level committee, headed by the Director-General of Hydrocarbons, to inquire into the incident.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also ordered a high-level inquiry by an Additional Chief Secretary into the blowout.

Categorically highlighting the role of the John Energy Pvt Ltd, Hazarika said, “The John Energy Pvt Ltd has also been under critical scanner. No one will be spared if found guilty by the inquiry committees.”

Earlier, the Oil issued a show cause notice to John Energy Pvt Ltd, the outsourced private operator of the gas well. However, the spokesperson made it clear that being the principal operator of the oil well, the PSU major is solely responsible for all sorts of compensations.

It needs mention here that Oil is still struggling to kill the damaged well. Earlier, the Singapore based Alert Disaster Control failed several times while trying to fix the blowout. On Sunday, Oil expressed hope that the blowout will be fixed till November 15.