The Assam government has said two more months are likely to be taken by the experts to douse the fire at Oil India’s damaged gas well at Baghjan, where the gas is flowing uncontrollably for the past 99 days.
Responding to a Zero Hour notice by Congress MLA Durga Bhumij, Commerce and Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that a team of experts from Canada is on the way to Baghjan in Tinsukia district to “kill” the well through snubbing technology.
“The experts are on their way to Assam from Canada with all advanced equipment. They will kill the well through snubbing technology. After carrying out preparatory works, the exercise may take 6-8 weeks to complete,” Chandra Patowary said.
The Oil India Ltd (OIL) is working on to control the well temporarily by shifting the flowing gas through a diverter and then producing the gas in two parallel lines, he added.
The well no. 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district has been spewing gas uncontrollably for the last 99 days since May 27, and it caught fire on June 9 killing two of OIL’s firefighters at the site.
The minister said that a total of 3,000 families have been shifted to relief camps and the OIL along with the government are taking care of them.