Assam: President's medal for firefighters who lost lives at Baghjan
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Assam: President's medal for firefighters who lost lives at Baghjan

Durlabh Gogoi and Tikheswar Gohain, both assistant operators with OIL's firefighting unit, had gone missing after the blowout well caught fire on June 9

Tinsukia: The two firefighters of Oil India Limited (OIL), who died in the line of duty at Baghjan well number 5 at Baghjan oilfield in Assam's Tinsukia district, have been posthumously selected for President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry 2020.

The deceased firefighters, Durlabh Gogoi and Tikheswar Gohain, both assistant operators in OIL's firefighting unit, went missing after the blowout well caught fire on June 9. Their bodies were retrieved next day by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

The dead body of a fire fighter being retrieved by NDRF personnel
The dead body of a fire fighter being retrieved by NDRF personnelEastMojo image

“The supreme sacrifice of Gogoi and Gohain, both sons of this soil, has been recognised at the highest level. It is a matter of pride for and such recognition will have a motivating effect on coming generations," OIL chairman and managing director Sushil Chandra Mishra told EastMojo.

OIL spokesperson Tridip Hazarika said that on the eve of India’s 74th Independence Day on August 15, 2020, the President of India approved President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry posthumously to the deceased firefighters who laid their lives in the line of duty at Baghjan Well No 5 blowout.

Gogoi was also former goalkeeper of the Assam state football team and OIL FC – the football unit of Oil India Limited (OIL) based at Duliajan in Assam.

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Capping operations

The OIL is planning to take its third attempt between Monday and Tuesday, after its second attempt to install Blowout Preventer (BoP) and cap the well failed following a technical glitch at the end moment at a time when the operation to install the BoP seemed to be almost successful.

Confirming this development, a senior OIL source said, if everything goes as planned we will take the third attempt on Monday or Tuesday. "Our fingers are crossed," he said.

On Saturday, the second instalment of liquid resin was placed on top of the slip seal to create a temporary ‘pack off’ of the annulus on Friday.

Hazarika said that the next activities related to well head can be resumed after allowing setting time of minimum 24 hours and inspection of the well head. "Load testing of the Athey Wagon was carried out successfully yesterday along with the capping BOP stack and riser. Treatment of well killing fluid is underway," he added.

According to sources, while inspection the experts had decided to place liquid resin in two installments on top of the slip seal as an additional precautionary measure.

"Hence, to avoid chance leakage due to pressure at the joints, where the 5.1/2 inch pipe leading from the reservoir towards the surface connects with the 9.3/8 pipe, the liquid resin is being put to seal it," the source added.

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