It’s been over a month now, but the fire in the Baghjan gas well of Oil India Ltd continues to rage on. While the verdict on its cause is yet to come out, industry insiders believe that it is likely that the incident was a result of human negligence.
An official aware of the developments that preceded the blowout said the well was not fully secured before an attempt was made to move the workover rigs. This could be attributed to negligence by Oil India and contractor company officials present at the site.
“There are currently five committees looking into each aspect of the blowout and subsequent fire-related issues. A final report encapsulating the outcome of all these committees is expected by the end of August,” an Oil India official told BusinessLine.
On May 27, the day of the accident, the company said that at 10:30 AM, the producing well Baghjan 5 at the Baghjan Oilfield in Assam’s Tinsukia district suddenly became very active while workover operations were on. According to officials, this was a high-pressure, high-temperature (HT-HP) well and needed more diligence than was being adopted during workover operations.