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Oil India Limited efforts on to control Baghjan blowout situation

In view of the setback that Oil India Limited (OIL) suffered on Friday in its preparation for capping operation

Baghjan

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 Aug 2020 4:55 AM GMT

A CORRESPONDENT

DOOMDOOMA: In view of the setback that Oil India Limited (OIL) suffered on Friday in its preparation for capping operation of its BGR 5 blowout well at Baghjan which entered 66th day since the mishap took place on May 27, the experts are evaluating the situation and are looking at alternatives. All efforts are being taken to control the well at the earliest. In a press release issued by OIL on Saturday, it was stated that all other preparation for final killing which included oil well killing fluid especially prepared for controlling high pressure of the spewing gas was readied at site since Thursday.

For maintaining 'Water umbrella' on the wellhead, all six numbers of High Discharge CMT Water Pumps are operational at site for spraying water to the well head during the operation. Total 8 water pumps are available for filling both the water reservoirs periodically. On the other hand, the pressing need for relief and rehabilitation survey for assessment of damage for compensation in both Doomdooma and Tinsukia Circle was in progress. The number of families surveyed in Doomdooma and Tinsukia Circle till July 31 are 596 and 2,140 respectively. Total number of families surveyed till July 31 both combined in Doomdooma and Tinsukia Circle is 2,736.

Yet, production still continued to be affected due to forceful closure of few oil & gas wells connected to Baghjan EPS. Likewise, drilling and workover operation still continued to be affected due to forceful closure of operation at few of the locations. Consequently the impact on oil/gas production due to stoppage/blockades of several producing wells, there was production loss of 652 metric tons of crude oil and 1.53 MMSCM of natural gas as reported on July 31. Cumulative production loss since May 27, due to bandhs and blockades is 19,504 MT crude oil and 46.41 MMSCM of natural gas.

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