Work in progress for development of another site to kill the pump after the original site was submerged under flood water

Tinsukia: Public sector giant Oil India Limited (OIL) has gathered pace to remove the debris from the well plinth to laydown area, three days after the operations were hit due to heavy rainfall and flood at the Baghjan well fire site in Assam’s Tinsukia district.

The removal of the debris is key for the progress of the operation as it will make way for the experts to approach the wellhead to cap it.

Talking to this correspondent, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said that due to incessant rain, debris removal couldn’t be taken up on June 27 and 28. “The job has gathered momentum with most of the debris removable with the help of MOL oilfield truck have been removed and shifted from the well plinth to debris laydown area,” he said.

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A worker working as the fire continues to rage

Four loads of debris were removed on Tuesday from the well plinth. “Additionally, two bulldozers and Athey wagon have been transported to site for further debris removal to be carried out today,” Hazarika said, adding, “However, there was heavy rain at site, and could not make much progress for the day. All our efforts are being made to further enhance the pace of debris removal with all required equipment in place.”

Giving insight into work-in-progress, Hazarika said that development of another area, near the debris laydown area, for kill pumps are in progress after the earlier site got submerged under water. “Equipment and accessories are ready at site for filling of water reservoir, spraying water and associated works,” he added.

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OIL had to stop their operations for 2 days from June 27 as the only road available (Plastic Park–Maguri Beel side) to reach the blowout well, to move men and material, was closed by district administration following inundation of the road by flood waters.

“90% reparing work on alternate road (Talap–Kordoiguri–Bandarkhati-Bhaghjan EPS) completed for entry into Baghjan EPS,” Hazarika added.

Hazarika said, “OIL has also mobilised equipment from outside the state of Assam. In last two day, four trailers of portable deck mats and pins have reached Duliajan from Kolkata.”

Repairing of road on alternate route

Fabrication work of heat shields for 2nd excavator and 2nd Bull Dozer, transferring second Athey Wagon and other equipment and materials as per requirement is under process, added Hazarika.

He said air quality and noise level monitoring was conducted at both Baghjan and Guijan area yesterday as part of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). “The study will be continued till one week beyond the date of capping the well successfully.”

“Samples for monitoring air quality and noise level are being collected for analysis besides recording of data at already installed analysers is in progress,” said Hazarika, adding: “Site preparation for bio remediation job is being carried out depending on weather and site condition.”

According to a press release, the work for surveys for assessment of damage for compensation for 36 more families, under Doomdooma circle, was conducted on Tuesday.

Altogether, assessment work for 720 families under Doomdooma and Tinsukia revenue circle has been completed so far, the release added.

The fire, meanwhile, continues to rage.

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