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Crew members of OIL, ONGC, Alert, Schlumberger and other contractors are at site and the final preparation for placing capping stack is underway at Assam’s Baghjan.

The capping stack is ready and is wrapped up with ceramic blanket and ceramic cloths.

Sufficient chemicals are in place at site.

Recce already carried out for Coil tubing job and BP placement after well killing operation.

However, ecological survey carried out in the Dibru-Saikhowa National park, Maguri-Motapung beel and Baghjan area. Environment Monitoring by M/s ERM has been completed prior to capping of well. Post monitoring of the well will be carried out after capping of the well.

“The three experts from Alert who sustained minor burn injury yesterday while removing the tubing head spool, are doing perfectly alright. Today morning OIL doctors visited them in guest house and confirmed good recovery,” an OIL press statement stated.

All six numbers of High Discharge CMT Water Pumps are in operation at site for spraying water to the well head during the operation.  Total 8 numbers of water pumps are available for filling both the water reservoirs periodically.

On the other hand, the team from IIT Guwahati completed data collection for thermal imaging and sound measurement at required areas under guidance of district officials and OIL team. Interpretation of the data will be carried out using specialized software at IIT Guwahati and the report will be submitted soon.

“Survey for assessment of damage for compensation in both Tinsukia and Doomdooma circle is in progress.  Total number of families surveyed till Wednesday both combined in Doomdooma and Tinsukia circle is 1906. Few oil/gas wells under Baghjan EPS are shut in since July 7, forced by protesters. Some wells were opened from yesterday” said an OIL statement.

Due to stoppage/blockades, there was production loss of 310 MT of crude Oil and 1.17 MMSCM of Natural Gas as reported on July 22.

Operations were disrupted in 10 Oil wells and 5 gas wells. Cumulative production loss since May 27, 2020 due to bandhs and blockades: 15900 MT Crude oil, 35.17 MMSCM of natural gas.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: