Rain, flood hamper Assam oil well fire dousing, capping efforts

Heavy rain and subsequent flood continued to hinder operations to put out the fire and cap a leaking oil well in eastern Assam’s Baghjan, officials said on Monday.

Natural gas from Oil India Limited’s (OIL) oil well had begun leaking more than a month ago whereas it caught fire three weeks ago. Since then, efforts are on to cap the well.

OIL officials said that heavy rain in nearly a week in Baghjan in Tinsukia district had inundated the area in floodwater, including all connecting roads to the spot.

“Bridges have been damaged. At many places, knee- to waist-high rainwater is flowing over the road. OIL’s operational areas are heavily inundated,” an OIL release said.

“Floodwater has entered the debris area, Kill Pump area and CMT Water Pump area, making these unsafe for carrying out further operations. The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall till June 30,” it added.

A massive fire broke out on June 9 at OIL’s Baghjan oil well near the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, that had been spewing natural gas and oil condensates uncontrollably since May 27.

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