Three OIL employees died due to the fire Credit: EastMojo image

Tinsukia: Oil India Limited (OIL) has finally abandoned gas well number 5 at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Thursday.

The development comes around seven months after the well witnessed a blowout, and 17 days after the blaze was doused and the well was killed with the help of snubbing technology.

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OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said, “All the jobs pertaining to capping, killing and final abandonment of the well was successfully completed in the evening hours on December 3.”

Consequent upon uncontrolled flow of Natural Gas and Blowout at Baghjan well No 5 on May 27, OIL declared emergency situation for its internal control purposes,” Hazarika said, adding “Today, after final abandonment of the well, the emergency declaration has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”

The company, which has faced loss in production and backlash from local residents in its handling of the blowout, thanked all stakeholders for the support including local residents who protested for compensation several times.

OIL also remembered its three employees who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

The “blowout” occurred at the gas well number 5 at Baghjan oilfield, in the proximity of Maguri-Motapung Beel and Dibru Saikhowa National Park, while operations were underway to produce gas from new sand (oil and gas-bearing reservoir) at a depth of 3,729 metres. This caused natural gas and condensate oil gush to hundreds of feet in the air and spill all around.

The well caught fire on June 9, during which two OIL fire-fighters died. A young engineer died months later while working at the blowout site.

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