The snubbing unit that has been brought from Calgary in Canada to the Baghjan oil field

The snubbing unit brought from Calgary, Canada has reached the Baghjan well site amid a blockade of the road by the affected people of Baghjan.

The affected had blocked the road leading to the Baghjan well site due to the non-payment of compensation by Oil India Limited (OIL).

With equipment and accessories related to snubbing operation already in place at the site, arrangement for installing the snubbing unit is in progress at the oil well site.

“It is expected that after completion of all necessary pre-operation activities, the well killing operation by the snubbing unit will commence within the next couple of days,” said OIL spokesperson, Tridiv Hazarika.

“The flow of gas from the well to the nearby early production setup at Baghjan is being maintained with all operating parameters within desired level and safety measures in place,” Hazarika said.

Meanwhile, OIL till date has released a compensation amount of Rs 36.90 crores for the affected on the basis of the interim recommendations of NGT and discussions with the Tinsukia deputy commissioner.

This includes an interim relief of Rs 10.93 crores to 3000 families who had stayed in relief camps.

OIL is yet to receive the final assessment report of the affected carried out by the Tinsukia district administration and directive of the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

“OIL has paid a compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to each of the 12 families whose houses were completely destroyed in the fire on June 9 and Rs 10 lakhs to 57 families whose houses were partially damaged. Rs 2.5 lakhs was paid to each of the 561 families whose crops and other property were damaged,” said Hazarika.

OIL will also provide Rs 50,000 to1289 families each every month to take care of their livelihood till the well is brought under control

A total of 46,786 metric tonnes of crude oil and 124.15 million metric standard cubic meters of natural gas has been lost respectively as a result of protests, blockades and bandhs in and around the Baghjan area since the blowout on May 27.

Avik Chakraborty

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