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    Breaking: Fire spread to nearby field as Baghjan blowout well kill operation starts

    The gas well located at Baghjan had witnessed a blowout – an uncontrolled release of gas or oil – on May 27 and caught fire on June 9

    Guwahati:  A massive fire reportedly caught near the Baghjan blowout well site in Tinsukia on Sunday. The smoke of the fire has allegedly clouded the entire area and the water bodies near the area were reportedly filled with oil like component.

    Locals feared that the fire which has already spread into the nearby farming lands may go out of control. They alleged that the Oil India Limited (OIL) authority has not yet taken any step to control the fire.  

    However, the OIL authority has not clarified over the incident yet.

    Earlier on Friday, an attempt to cap the blowout well of Baghjan failed as while the final capping operation was being attempted, the Athey Wagon toppled over at the last moment end the attempt did not succeed.

    On Sunday, minutes after the fire was reported, the Oil India Limited (OIL) in an official communiqué said, “Final preparation for capping operation is underway. Treatment of well-killing fluid is also underway. All six numbers of High Discharge CMT Water Pumps are operational at the site for spraying water to the wellhead during the operation. A total of eight numbers of water pumps are available for filling both the water reservoirs periodically.”

    A well kill is an operation of placing a column of heavy fluid into a wellbore in order to prevent the flow of reservoir fluids without the need for pressure control equipment at the surface. It works on the principle that the hydrostatic head of the “kill fluid” or “kill mud” will be enough to suppress the pressure of the formation fluids.

    Last week the final operation to kill and capping of the well got disrupted on Wednesday when three foreign experts sustained burn injuries while working on controlling the blaze. Though there were reports of an explosion at the site, OIL later denied it.

    The gas well located at Baghjan had witnessed a blowout – an uncontrolled release of gas or oil – on May 27 and caught fire on June 9, when two firefighters were killed and destroyed several adjoining villages.

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