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    OIL decides to kill blowout well, Singapore Experts reach Baghjan

    A major blowout took place at the natural gas well of OIL at Baghjan in Tinsukia district, next to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, on May 27

    Guwahati: The Oil India Limited, Duliajan on Monday said composite arrangements for killing the well is in progress as the team of experts of the Singapore based firm, ‘M/s Alert Disaster Control’ reached Duliajan and visited the site at Baghjan.

    A major blowout took place at the natural gas well of OIL at Baghjan in Tinsukia district, next to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, on May 27 for which the Oil has been struggling to cap the blowout point till date.  

    In  a statement, the PSU major said, “Safety of the local people residing in and around the area and the technical team working at the well site will be the experts’ prime concern while carrying out the operations.”

    The statement also stressed that processes like the final assembling, clearing the site of the operation, arrangement for creating water umbrella for well control operation, digging of the water reservoir, and preparation of placement of high capacity water pumps, environmental impact assessment study and bioremediation process are in progress.’

    Before visiting the blowout site, the team of experts were briefed by representatives of Oil about the progress in the well control operation in a meeting convened by the Resident Chief Executive of the PSU major, Duliajan. Accordingly, the experts, along with a team of the Oil India limited left for Baghjan well site at around 12 noon.

    The statement further said that both vertical and horizontal lift mechanism of the hydraulically driven mechanical transporter to be used for well control operation has been completed and tested.

    According to the OIL authority, the M/s Alert Disaster Control has wide experience of handling over thousand blowouts across 135 countries under different conditions.

    The incident forced the administration to evacuate thousands of people living nearby due to spewing of natural gas and condensate droplets. Later, the natives complained of unnatural human dead for which the Tinsukia district administration on Sunday ordered a magisterial enquiry into the reported death of five persons due to the gas leakage from the well.

    Presently, a team of the NDRF has been assisting the relief operation.  

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