The Baghjan blowout well has been successfully killed after 172 days on Sunday.

Well no 5 of the Oil India Limited (OIL) has been killed with brine solution and is under control now. The fire has been doused completely.

This has been confirmed by Oil India Limited (OIL) on its Twitter handle on Sunday.

The OIL said there is no pressure in the well now and the same will be observed for 24 hours to check if there is any amount of gas migration and pressure builds up.

Further operation to abandon the well is in progress, it added.

The Snubbing unit reached Baghjan recently from Calgary in Canada and started their work.

After successful capping of the well on August 17, 2020, followed by subsequent challenges encountered in surface killing operations, it was decided to kill the Baghjan blowout well by the deployment of a snubbing unit.

Dr. P Chandrasekaran, director (exploration and development), PK Goswami, director (operations) and DK Das, resident chief executive visited the Baghjan well site and had detailed discussions with the experts from Alert and OIL team.

The Baghjan blowout incident happened on May 27, 2020 and the same oil well caught fire on June 9, 2020.

The massive fire has engulfed the whole Baghjan village which affected the whole environment.

Black smoke and fire engulfed the whole region.

The villagers fled from the village to save their life and took shelter at nearby relief camps.

“We have never seen such a huge fire earlier. Our houses and property were damaged in the fire. We have saved our lives but lost all our belongings. But today, we are happy that the fire has been doused,” said an affected villager.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com