Well no 5 of Baghjan oilfields has finally been abandoned.
7 months after blowout and 17 days after final capping, the OIL India Limited has informed that it has finally abandoned gas well number 5 at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Thursday.
“All jobs pertaining to capping, killing and final abandonment of the well has been successfully completed,” OIL India said in a statement.
Consequent to uncontrolled flow of Natural Gas and Blowout at Baghjan well No 5 on May 27, OIL declared emergency situation for its internal control purposes.
The emergency declaration has now been withdrawn following final abandonment of the well.
Baghjan Blowout Well finally abandoned. Consequent upon uncontrolled flow of Natural Gas & Blowout @ Baghjan well No 5 on 27 May 2020 OIL declared Emrgncy situation 4 its internal control purposes. 2day aftr final abandonment of d well, d Emrgncy declaration has been withdrawn. pic.twitter.com/VZfBKvQhpt
— Oil India Limited (@OilIndiaLimited) December 3, 2020
The damaged gas well at Baghjan was successfully killed on November 15 after over five months of blowout.
The process to control the well by joint efforts of multiple teams, including foreign experts, also faced a series of setbacks.
“The well has been killed with brine solution and under control now. Fire has been doused completely,” Oil India Ltd (OIL) spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said.
It was one of the worst industrial disasters in the Northeast that claimed the lives of three employees of Oil India Limited and injured several others.
The well caught fire on June 9, killing two OIL fire-fighters.
A young electrical engineer also died in September while working at the blowout site.
“OIL Management also expressed its gratitude to the brave Oilindians who laid down their lives while performing their duties at Baghjan,” said Tridev Hazarika.
Many people living in the villages near the oilfields also had to suffer untold miseries.
Many were rendered homeless after the fire at the gas well spread to the nearby areas gutting houses in the nearby villages.