GUWAHATI: The PSU major Oil India Limited on Monday successfully placed the capping BOP stack over the blowing wellhead and accordingly tightened 16 studs to bring the well under control.
In an official statement, the Oil authority said, “The well capping operation was initiated this morning and the capping BOP stack was successfully placed over the wellhead. The 16 studs have also been tightened. The preparations for killing operations are on. The BOP and the lines connected to it are being kept cool through continuous spraying of water.”
On May 27, the PSU major’s Baghjan 5 gas well located in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district encountered a ‘blowout’ and apparently it started to leak gas and condensate oil uncontrollably till date. Aggravating the situation, on June 9, the blowout became a blaze that sparked a wave of anger among the local residents.
Earlier, taking cognizance of the repeated failure of the Oil authority in killing the blowout, a committee formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has faulted the PSU major for the mismatch between planning and execution.
The sudden disaster forced more than 8000 local residents to take shelter in various relief camps established by the Oil authority.
The Oil authority said that a total of 2756 number of families have been surveyed for assessment of damage for compensation till August 16 in Doomdooma and Tinsukia circle put together.