Army to build bridge to speed up OIL’s Baghjan well capping | India News

GUWAHATI: Army has mobilized men and materials to help OIL authorities build a bridge to speed up the ongoing operations to ‘kill’ the Baghjan well in Tinsukia district and douse the fire within the set deadline of July 7. The well suffered a blowout on May 27 exploded on June 9 and since then has been spewing out jets of fire continuously.
OIL spokesman Tridiv Hazarika said, “Our well control operations are proceeding as scheduled. The deadline is July 7 to kill the well and are confident that we will douse the fire well within the deadline.
He said that Army help has been sought to divert a pipe carrying water from the nearby Dangori river to a reservoir as a part of the well killing operation by building a temporary bridge over small water body nearby, which also act as a pathway.
“There is too much heat being generated by the fire around the well. We are lying this pipe to pump in water from the river to the reservoir right near the well but because of the extreme heat, the pipe needs to be shifted. The district administration has requisitioned the Army, which has already started mobilising men and machinery,” Hazarika said.
Hazarika said that it was the Army which had played a key role by extending its help when a similar well blowout happened at Dikom in Dibrugarh district in 2005. The inferno there was brought under control after 20 days.
The bridge is about 150 metres and Army’s 2nd Mountain division is bringing in materials from Misamari and Tezu to Baghjan.
Meanwhile, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal met some senior scientists from IIT-Guwahati and CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology and requested them to conduct a study on the reported tremors at Baghjan areas following the blow out of a condensate gas well on an emergency basis
Sonowal said that IIT, Guwahati will also provide its expert guidance into the study and Oil India Limited would provide all inputs relevant to conduct the study.

[Source :Times of India]


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