Baghjan fire
File photo of the massive Baghjan fire.

A tripartite meeting was held on Saturday at the office of the deputy commissioner at Tinsukia to resolve the issue of the blockade at Baghjan.

The meeting was held among the Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuva Sangha, Tinsukia district administration and the Oil India Limited (OIL).

The meeting was attended by Tinsukia deputy commissioner Bhaskar Pegu, SP Siladitya Chetia, OIL CMD Sushil Chandra Mishra, director (HR&BD) Biswajit Roy, director (operations) Pankaj Kumar Goswami and other senior officials from OIL.

The meeting was called to discuss the ways to resolve the issues of the people of Baghjan, who continue to observe blockade in the area after the massive fire that broke out in Baghjan oil well.

“Due to stoppage/blockades, there was production loss of 585 MT of Crude Oil and 0.64 MMSCM of Natural Gas as reported on Friday,” the OIL said in a statement.

“Operations were disrupted in 30 Oil wells and 5 gas wells. Cumulative production loss since May 27, 2020 due to bandhs and blockades is 7627 MT Crude oil, 9.87 MMSCM of natural gas,” it added.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan conducted a video conference meeting on Friday evening with the CMD and directors of OIL on the issue of the continued blockade that is severely hampering the progress of work at the site.

Meanwhile, Environment Impact Assessment study by M/s ERM India Pvt. Limited is in progress to carry out an environment and ecological survey within the vicinity of Baghjan 5 including Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri–Motapung Beel.

TERI has installed all units for particular matter, SOx, NOx and noise level measurement in and around Baghjan blowout well and regular monitoring has begun from all installed units.

Joint inspection and assessment by TERI and OIL team is in progress in land area and water bodies including the area near Maguri Motapung bridge due to the blowout incident.

“Installation of equipment at site near blowout well completed. Installation of all other equipment is in progress and expected to be completed today. Trial data acquisition started,” said an OIL official.

“Testing of Athey Wagon (equipment for fighting oil field fire) and Bull Dozer are completed. Testing of assembled Blow Out Preventer (BOP) is in progress and assembling of well capping stack is in progress. Testing of other equipment mobilized from ONGC is in progress by expert team of M/s. Alert, Singapore at OIL CMT Yard and Equipment Yard in association with CMT-ONGC team and OIL technical team,” informed an OIL official.

The survey for assessment of damage for compensation by the committee constituted by the Tinsukia district administration is going on.

Avik Chakraborty

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