Second Attempt To Cap Assam Oil Well Fails In 10 Days

Our consultants are engaged on to restore the cable: Official (File)


The second try to shut Oil India’s broken effectively at Baghjan in Assam, which has been spewing gasoline uncontrollably for 76 days, failed on Monday when the iron cable to elevate the lid snapped, the PSU mentioned.

This was the second try in ten days. The corporate mentioned in a press release that when the blow out preventer (BOP) stack alignment was underway to insert the studs one of many two bull strains linked with the Athey Wagon, the gear for preventing oil subject hearth which was lifting it, got here out from the socket as a consequence of extreme warmth.

“From the protection viewpoint and stability required for alignment of the BOP stack on the effectively head, consultants determined to securely take away the BOP stack from the effectively head. Operations will resume after finishing up vital rectification jobs,” it added.

The BOP is a really heavy metallic cowl weighing a number of tonnes that’s positioned on the mouth of any gasoline or oil effectively to cease leakage of the gas from underneath the bottom.

Oil India Ltd (OIL) spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika instructed information company PTI that consultants have been making an attempt to place the blow out preventer (BOP) on the mouth of the effectively, which is on hearth since June 9, however the wire snapped as a consequence of extreme warmth.

“After putting the BOP on the effectively mouth, consultants tried to suit the spools. However as there was fixed hearth, the cable broke.”

“Our consultants are engaged on to restore the cable. As quickly as it’s prepared, we are going to strive once more,” he added.

The primary try to shut the broken gasoline effectively had confronted a setback when the wagon or hydraulic elevate used to place a lid on the mouth gave in and toppled over on July 31.

Effectively quantity 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district has been spewing gasoline uncontrollably since Could 27 and it caught hearth on June 9, killing two of OIL’s firefighters on the web site.

On July 22 three international consultants of a Singapore firm invited to help OIL and ONGC consultants for placing out the inferno, obtained burn accidents whereas they have been eradicating a spool from the effectively head. Hazarika mentioned that the injured consultants have left the nation and two others from the corporate are working on the web site”.

OIL mentioned it continues to face protests and blockades throughout few of its wells and subject areas resulting in heavy loss in manufacturing in the previous couple of months.

“OIL’s cumulative lack of crude oil and pure gasoline has been 24,968 MT and 60.2 MMSCM respectively,” the discharge mentioned.

The PSU mentioned that numerous assessments and affect research of the blowout in addition to the blaze is on in villages and close by forest areas by a number of companies resembling ERM India, TERI, CSIR-NEIST and IIT-Guwahati.

OIL mentioned that surveys for evaluation of injury for compensation by the district administration are in progress in each Tinsukia and Doomdooma circles.

The full variety of households surveyed for evaluation of injury for compensation until August 9 in Doomdooma and Tinsukia circles is 2,739.

Over 9,000 individuals have been initially shifted to 13 aid camps after the effectively suffered a blowout in Could and subsequently caught hearth final month, it added.


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