A flooded road leading to well site under fire Credit: Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: Oil India Limited (OIL) has suspended operations at the blowout well at Baghjan oil field, which is under fire, after vehicular traffic on the alternate route – the only route left to access the well, was suspended by the district administration on Saturday.

The development came three days after an RCC bridge on the Doomdooma-Baghjan road, around 10 km from the blowout well, collapsed due to incessant rainfall.

RCC bridge that collapsed on Wednesday

Confirming the development, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said, “The traffic has been halted at the point of bridge entrance over Maguri Motapung Beel.”

“Floodwaters badly damaged the road from the bridge to the well site,” Hazarika said, adding, “The flood water is flowing at knee to waist level over the road. This is the only alternate route to transport men and material after the RCC bridge collapsed at the Doomdooma Baghjan Link road.”

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“The stretches of water overflow are about 150 meters to 200 meters. Hence, the working condition at the site is unsafe for the day and all operations at the debris area is called off,” added Hazarika.

Fire service personnel will assess the situation and locate them strategically, considering safety and security, as per their practice to handle any emergency. “Control room at EPS Baghjan is manned 24×7,” he added.

The OIL was using the road via plastic park to transport it’s men and heavy equipments to the well site since Thursday.

“Earlier, OIL had sought the support of the army to lay a Bailey bridge in place of the collapsed RCC bridge so that it can transport it’s men and movement to the well site,” wishing anonymity, an OIL official told this correspondent.

He said, the development has shattered the entry and exit plans which is a critical aspect of the operational preparedness before the process the cap the well starts.

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