Assam Oil Well Fire Put Out After Herculean Effort Over 5 Months
Previously, three efforts to put out the fire utilizing the mud-sludge method had actually stopped working.
More than five months after the Baghjan gas well in Assam’s Tinsukia district burst into flames after a blowout that eliminated 3 individuals and is believed to have actually caused great damage to the area’s rich ecology, the fire has actually been lastly doused.
The well run by Oil India Limited (OIL) had ignited on June 9 after suffering a blowout on May27 Two firefighters and an engineer passed away at the mishap website in efforts to bring the fire under control.
Oil India Limited together with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and professionals from the United States and Singapore were able to cap the fire on the wellhead in August and a part of the launched gas was diverted for production.
However a fire kept burning since of the pressure of the unused gas near the well. This was extinguished today utilizing technology generated by Canadian professionals.
The world’s biggest civilian transport airplane Antonov AN124 was utilized to carry equipment from Canada to Kolkata and then was transported by roadway in a 14- day long journey to reach Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district.
Earlier, 3 efforts to put out the fire using the mud-sludge technique had failed.
” The well has actually been eliminated with a brine option. The fire has been doused totally. There is no pressure in the well now and the exact same will be observed for 24 hours to inspect if there is any quantity of gas migration and pressure build-up. An additional operation to desert the well is in development,” said Oil India Limited representative Tridiv Hazarika.
Apart from local engineers, experts from Canada, US and Singapore were engaged at the website.
Due to the fact that of the fire, hundreds of households residing in the area were moved to short-term camps.
A panel formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its report previously this month had specified that Oil India Limited was operating the well at Baghjan without the required official permissions at the time of the incident.
The committee headed by retired Gauhati High Court judge Brojendra Prasad Katakey had actually also recommended directions to be released to Contamination Control Board of Assam (PCBA) to take legal action versus Oil India Limited for breaching the guidelines.
Previously, in a preliminary report, the Wildlife Institute of India that had actually studied the environmental damage caused due to gas well blowout had discovered that oil has leaked into close-by Lohit river contaminating the water and the Maguri-Motapung wetland with toxic pollutants.
This wetland lies within 10 km of the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and belongs of the Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve (DSBR).
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