Tinsukia: Public Sector Unit Oil India Limited (OIL) suffered yet another setback as one of their young electrical engineers, Arnab Kishore Bordoloi (25), was electrocuted to death at Baghjan in Tinsukia district on Wednesday evening.
Talking to this correspondent, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said, Arnab Kishore Bordoloi, a bachelor from Guwahati, was testing an electrical cable connected to a generator set to supply power for welding purpose when the incident took place. He was provided emergency healthcare by doctor at site and was taken to Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) where he was declared dead.
“The reasons of the death will be known after post-mortem. This is a very tragic incident and has created a pall of gloom in OIL. A Team from OIL is carrying out inspection at well site to find out possible reasons for this accident,” he added.
On September 7, OIL ran out of luck once again, hours after claiming success in dousing the fire which was raging for months at the Baghjan gas well number 5 in Baghan oilfield. A leakage was observed at the thread of wellhead casing, prompting experts to halt the diversion of gas at 5.25 pm, and taking the well back to its blowout status with the well-spewing fire.
According to sources, the work to fix the leakage at the thread of wellhead casing through welding was to start on Wednesday.
“Welding arrangements were being made at the blowout well site and final checks were being carried out to start welding work to repair the leakage, when the young engineer got electric shock.”
Earlier, OIL’s “kill the well” operation failed on August 18, a day after getting huge success in installing Blowout Preventer (BoP) stack over the wellhead after two failed attempts.
Sources said, the global experts and the crisis management team of OIL and ONGC took a decision to divert the gas to flare pits and tab part of the gas for partial production to force a steep decline in the pressure of gas blowing out from the well – a paradigm shift from the existing strategy.
Everything went as planned and the operation to divert the gas succeeded, paving way for snubbing operation to kill the well, but the success was short-lived after a leakage was observed and leading to halting of operation till the leakage is welded, sources added.
The “blowout” occurred at the gas well number 5 at Baghjan oilfield, at close proximity of Maguri-Motapung Beel and Dibru Saikhowa National Park, while workover operations were going on to produce gas from new sand (oil and gas-bearing reservoir) at a depth of 3,729 metres, leaving natural gas and condensate oil gush to hundred feet of in the air and spill all around.
The well caught fire on June 9 and has been raging since then.