Naharkatia/Dibrugarh: In a press release issued by Oil India Ltd, it was stated that on January 28 around 10:30 am, an incident took place at the Central Tank Farm (CTF) located in Oil India Limited (OIL)’s field headquarters in Duliajan.
There was sudden closure of remote operated shut off valves and motor operator valves of inlets and outlets of all the crude oil storage tanks. Consequently, there was pressure build up in the incoming lines to the tanks and it was observed that leaks developed at five points within the periphery of the CTF. Leaks also developed at two points in the incoming crude oil delivery line of one of the field installations near Duliajan. Immediate action was taken to rectify the leakages and restoration jobs were undertaken. Action was also initiated to recover/clean the spilled crude oil in and around the affected site. An enquiry committee has been set up to find out the underlying root causes of the incident and suggest for remedial measures. Normal operations have resumed and all leakages have been rectified and crude oil is being received from installations at Central Tank Farm, Duliajan.
Spilled crude oil at one of the incoming crude oil delivery lines which had raptured due to the incident in CTF, somehow managed to trickle into the nearby Buridihing River. It appears that some miscreants set fire to the oil floating on the river. There has been no casualty and the fire has doused on its own. The situation is absolutely under control now. A joint team led by Circle Officer of Tengakhat Circle, Dibrugarh district, State Pollution Control Board, fishery department and experts from OIL is accessing any possible damage to the environment and necessary actions will be initiated on the basis of the observations of this expert committee.