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Second worker dies after India oil well blowout

05 May 2015

A second contractor has died from his injuries in hospital in Mumbai on May 3 after the blowout and fire at the ONGC Olpad-31 well in the Ankleshwar basin, Gujarat, on April 18. Leaking gas from the well ignited while its blow-out preventer (BOP) was being repaired, causing a huge explosion.

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One crane operator died after the blast and a further 12 received serious injuries. The fire at the Olpad well was brought under control on April 30, after 12 days of joint operations by ONGC and US-based oil and gas blowout control firm Boots & Coots. The well was subsequently capped and is now under supervision.

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