Assam oil well fire, gas leak may be checked this week, say OIL officials

Assam oil well fire, gas leak may be checked this week, say OIL officials

Guwahati: The leaking oil and gasoline properly of the state-owned Oil India (OIL) in Assam is anticipated to be capped and the fireplace in one of many wells doused in four-five days, in keeping with a high official right here on Monday (July 13).

“We are in the final phase of capping the well and dousing the fire in the Baghjan well in the Tinsukia district of eastern Assam. We expect the operation to be over in four-five days,” a senior OIL official informed IANS over telephone.

Natural gasoline and oil condensate began leaking from an oil properly round 50 days in the past. It caught hearth a month in the past.

“Heavy rain and flood affected the operation and damaged many machinery and makeshift structures. Despite that officials, engineers and workers continued to work to control the situation,” the official stated.

US and Canadian consultants and engineers, who’re related to Singapore-based ALERT, fire-fighters, NDRF personnel and OIL and ONGC engineers continued their efforts to test gasoline leak and douse the properly hearth at Baghjan, round 550 km east of Guwahati.

Besides the hostile climate situations, OIL can be going through agitation by locals demanding larger compensation for his or her losses. While a bit of agitators has withdrawn protest, others proceed to agitate holding OIL answerable for the mishap. OIL has offered Rs 30,000 compensation to every of the affected households.

OIL officers stated transportation of heavy machineries and gear from Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh), Vadodara (Gujarat) and different locations was additionally delayed as a result of Covid-19 protocols and curbs.

On a request from Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner Bhaskar Pegu, the military constructed a 150-metre-long bridge over a water physique to facilitate work to manage gasoline leak and hearth.

Around 10,000 individuals have been evacuated and sheltered in 14 aid camps as the fireplace broken homes, different properties in addition to standing crops. Locals stated the fireplace had additionally affected a well-known lake, ponds and wetlands within the space.

Various NGOs and authorities our bodies, together with Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), are conducting research to evaluate impression of oil and gasoline leakage and hearth on atmosphere.

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