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    Second attempt to cap gas well at Baghjan fails; Oil says next attempt soon

    The PSU major’s malfunctioning well has been spewing gas for more than 70 days since May 27 and it caught fire on June 9, killing two of OIL’s fire-fighters at the site.

    By Debananda Medak

    GUWAHATI: The second attempt to cap OIL’s damaged gas well at Baghjan in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district failed on Monday.  

    The PSU major’s malfunctioning well has been spewing gas for more than 70 days since May 27 and it caught fire on June 9, killing two of OIL’s fire-fighters at the site.

    Oil’s public relation officer Tridip Hazarika said, “We have earned more confidence from the failures. Next attempt will be carried out within two to three days and believe it will be successful.”

    According to Hazarika, “The wagon which was used to put a lid on its mouth gave in and toppled over due to high intensity of hit wave.”

    “The Athey Wagon toppled over at the final moment and the attempt did not succeed,” the PRO said adding that the BOP is a very heavy metal cover placed on the mouth of any gas or oil well to stop leakage of the fuel from under the ground.

    On July 22, three foreign experts from Singaporean firm Alert Disaster Control received burn injuries while they were removing a spool from the wellhead.

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