Fire continues at the Baghjan oil field

Tinsukia: Public sector giant Oil India Limited (OIL) is getting three more global experts flown to India from Canada and USA to join the team to douse the “blowout” well fire.

The experts include Matthew Connors from Vancouver in Canada, Anthony Steven Reynolds and Doug Dallas, both from Houston in USA.

The development comes a day after the blowout well at Baghjan oil field in Assam’s Tinsukia district caught fire, claiming the lives of two firefighters, and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

OIL chairman and managing director Sushil Chandra Mishra said, the experts are expected to reach Assam on June 12. “Their visas have been cleared on Wednesday.”

All the three experts are from Canadian-company Alert Damage Control.

Mishra said, “The three experts will join the existing team of three global experts, who arrived earlier from Singapore, to assist them in the operation to kill the well and douse the fire.”

An insider, having knowledge of the ongoing affairs at Baghjan and Duliajan, told this correspondent that there has been a shift in the strategy post the fire incident.

“The global team had decided to assist the OIL and ONGCL team in going ahead with using the hydraulically driven mechanical transport, fabricated at OIL workshop under the supervision of OIL and ONGCL experts before the global team arrived, later tested in the presence of the global team, to control the well,” the source said and added “Now that the fire has taken place, it will not be used anymore. The global experts wanted three additional members from their company to be flown in and join them; hence, they are being called.”

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“The experts will remove the entire rig and clear the way to the wellhead,” the source said, adding, a boom crane of 130-tonne capacity has already arrived and another having a capacity of 300 tonnes is on its way.”

The rig has partially collapsed following the explosion and the fire on Tuesday. The fire, continues to rage for the third day in a row, despite Tinsukia district registering rainfall on Wednesday.

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