Would take 18-20 days to kill Baghjan well: OIL

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Oil India Limited

(OIL) reported that a massive operation to regain control of Well 5 at Baghjan in

Tinsukia district

, which is still throwing out towering jets of fire since it exploded four days back, has been launched but expects the actual ‘killing of well’ to take place in next 18 to 20 days.
OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said, “A detailed draft plan for well control operation has been drawn up by the team of experts from M/s Alert.


along with ONGC and OIL team is being executed. The experts have told us that it would take 25 to 28 days but we are trying to shorten the period and we are looking at 18 to 20 days to finally kill the well.”
He said that presence of gas, noise level and air quality at vicinity of the site is being constantly monitored and a detailed draft plan for well control operation has been drawn up by the team of experts has been submitted to the ministry.
He added, “We have also mobilized some

specialized equipment

like high pressure pumps from ONGC. More than 80% of the equipment is with OIL. The first load of equipment mobilized from ONGC, Sibsagar has reached Duliajan and will be sent to the site after inspection by the experts. One vehicle carrying equipment from ONGC-Rajamundry is on way.”
The petroleum ministry’s probe team comprises BC Bora, former chairman of ONGC and TK Sengupta, former director ONGC, which will also identify the lapses in following laid down protocols and procedures which led to the incident and recommend short and long-term measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents including identifying of any gaps in laid down standard operating procedures. The Committee will have to submit its report within one month
A statement from OIL stated that production operations were stopped and disrupted at 66 oil wells and gas wells by students' organisations and local people at

Makum, Barekuri, Hapjan, Lankashi

, Nagajan, Hebeda and Dhakul area leading to loss of crude oil and gas production.
“Drilling operations were stopped and disrupted at four locations and workover operations by students' organisations and local people at Baghjan, Barekuri, Dhakul. Boraloni and R Borhapjan area. Crude oil transportation through Bowser operation was carried out with the help of security at several places while some Bowsers are stranded due to blockades by local people,” the statement said.

the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

has set up a three-member high level committee headed by Director General Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, comprising SCL Das to probe the well blowout and the subsequent fire in which two firemen of OIL have been killed. This is the third probe after OIL’s internal enquiry and the second enquiry by additional chief secretary that was ordered by chief minister

Sarbananda Sonowal

on Thursday.

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