A team of experts from Singapore to help plug the blow out at Baghjan in Upper Assam
GUWAHATI: An expert team from Singapore will reach the Assam on Wednesday to lend its expertise to plug the blow out at Baghjan in Upper Assam.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday telephoned Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and requested his help in getting foreign experts in plugging a leak in the well of Oil India Limited at Baghjan leading to spewing of natural gas in the air.
OIL’s Baghjan oil well caused rupture on Wednesday last week causing spewing of gas into the environment. In a statement state government stated that though best of the efforts have been put in place by the crisis management team to control the release, gushes of natural gas have been oozing unrelentingly. Following this, Chief Minister Sonowal called up Union Minister Pradhan, briefed him about the situation and requested him to take up immediate steps like taking the help of foreign experts in stopping the release.
The statement added in view of the cascading effect of the incident on the surroundings and the residents in fringe areas, Sonowal also requested the Union Minister for announcing adequate compensation of the victims.
Pradhan assured the Chief Minister of taking positive steps including bringing experts from Singapore to plug the leak. He also informed Sonowal that a Joint Secretary from Union Petroleum Ministry has also been directed to rush to the site to take stock of the situation. Meanwhile consequent upon Sonowal’s request, Joint Secretary Petroleum Ministry has already reached Assam. An expert team from Singapore will reach the state to lend its expertise to plug the leak.
Oil India Limited (OIL) has contacted Global Expert to control the blowout. Offers with action plan and time line received from three Global Experts. Offers of Boots and Coots, Alert and Wild Well Control in Well Control Operation are being examined and under consideration.
The Economic Times 02-06-2020