Two more months required to kill damaged Baghjan gas well in Assam: OIL chief

Two more months required to kill damaged Baghjan gas well in Assam: OIL chief
At least 3,000 people had to be evacuated on May 27 after the blowout.

GUWAHATI | SEPT 30, 2020:

Oil India Limited (OIL) on Tuesday said it will take two more months to kill the damaged well at Baghjan in Assam, where gas has been gushing out uncontrollably for the last 126 days.

Addressing a press conference, OIL Chairman and MD Sushil Chandra Mishra said it has started taking action against employees responsible for the mishap, which has killed three persons.

"The fire at the well-head has been doused after we successfully diverted the gas on September 13. We are in the process of completely controlling the well, a snubbing unit from Canada is likely to arrive within next three-four weeks," he said.

The company has spent around Rs 70 crore so far towards foreign experts in their efforts to douse the flame and control the well, top OIL official said.

Assam Commerce and Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary had said in the assembly on September 2 that a team of experts from Canada were on their way to Baghjan and it will take them two more months to douse the flame.

Asked about the findings of the internal probe, the CMD said a preliminary report has been submitted and the company has initiated action against "some people".

He, however, declined to share details and appealed to everyone to wait for another four-five weeks for the investigation by statutory bodies of the state and central governments.

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