Baghjan oil well succesfully capped after 83 days, OIL says

Tinsukia: Finally after 83 days of the blowout at the Baghjan Oil field, Oil India Limited (OIL) initiated well-capping operation this morning. The Blowout Preventer (BoP) was successfully placed over the well-head. The 16 studs have also been tightened, informed OIL in a press statement.

The preparations for killing operations are on. BoP and the lines connected to it are being kept cool through continuous spraying of water.

The development came after two attempts on July 31 and August 10 failed, and a day after 4 global experts visited Duliajan and joined the capping operations.

The four global experts, including the three - Athony Stephens Reynolds, Doug Dallas, both from the US and Craig Neil Duncan from Australia, who were injured in an accidental fire at the blowout well, returned back to their countries. The fourth member to go was Edward Harris McLeod.

It may also be mentioned that a total of 2756 families have been surveyed for assessment of damage for compensation till August 16, 2020 in Doomdooma and Tinsukia circle.

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Baghjan Tragedy: OIL claims huge losses due to continuous protests & road blockades

Total number of families surveyed for assessment of damage for compensation till August 8, 2020 in Doomdooma and Tinsukia Circle is around 2739

Guwahati: Oil and Gas production still continues to be affected at the Baghjan Oil Field due to forceful closure of few Oil and Gas wells connected to Baghjan EPS.

Oil India Limited (OIL) in a press statement claimed that due to continuous protests/road blockades staged by locals since May 27, 2020 following the blowout, OIL’s cumulative loss of Crude Oil and Natural Gas has been 24243 MT and 58.68 MMSCM respectively.

They also mentioned that the drilling and workover operations also continue to be affected at a few of the locations due to forceful closure of operation.

OIL also stated that the total number of families surveyed for assessment of damage for compensation till August 8, 2020 in Doomdooma and Tinsukia Circle is around 2739.

Furthermore, the Environmental Impact Assessment study on various parameters are also been carried out by various agencies. Apart from this, Bioremediation activities in the affected areas are also in progress, OIL informed.

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Baghjan Tragedy: OIL compensates 11 affected families with Rs 20 lakh each

By Bijoy Sutradhar

Tinsukia: Amid the crisis situation in the state, the Oil India Limited (OIL) compensates at least 11 families whose dwelling houses have been gutted down in the incident of fire breakout at Well No- 5 of Baghjan.

As per a notification, the OIL has directed its financial section to release a compensation amount of Rs 20 (lakh) for each family at Baghjan.

The 11 affected family who will be receiving this package are Papul Chetia, Ritu Moran, Horuful Panging, Deep Saikia, Amal Saikia, Bikash Saikia, Sahadev Moran, Hemanta Moran, Lakhindra Moran, Munu Mura, Labanya Saikia.

OIL compensates 11 affected families of Baghjan in presence of Assam Tea Tribe Welfare Minister Sanjoy Kishan in Tinsukia

Earlier, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced a slew of schemes for rebuilding devastated Baghjan.

Sonowal also stated during a press briefing that around Rs 27 crore will be sanctioned for embankment protection in Baghjan.

It may be mentioned that well number 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district has been spewing gas uncontrollably since May 27 and it caught fire on June 9, killing two firefighters of OIL at the site.

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CM Sonowal announces slew of schemes for rebuilding devastated Baghjan

 

Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday announced a slew of schemes for rebuilding devastated Baghjan.

CM Sonowal addressing a gathering at Baghjan this afternoon stated that maximum compensation will be provided to all affected families after damage assessment.

Sonowal also stated that Rs 27 crore will be sanctioned for embankment protection in Baghjan.

A Model Hospital and Veterinary Hospital to be built at Baghjan, Higher Secondary school to come up at Baghjan, Special scheme to develop road infrastructure, said CM Sonowal.

“OIL India to take responsibility for cleaning Maguri Beel, Maguri Beel to be developed into a tourist destination, Skill development centres to be established for local youths, Self- help group to be formed for women of the area,” CM Sonowal added.

A weaving center with all modern infrastructures will be introduced in the area. A detailed plan will be prepared by District Administration in consultation with affected people, CM Sonowal informed further.

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Baghjan Tragedy: APCC submits Memorandum to PM Modi

Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) headed by President Ripun Bora on Thursday submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi urging for immediate steps to control the fire and non-stop gas leakage of Baghjan Oil Well from the past 15 days.

APCC in their memorandum has urged for immediate steps to control the fire and non-stop gas leakage of Baghjan Oil Well from the last 15 days.

Due to negligence on the part of Oil India Ltd, the situation had gone from bad to worst causing a breakout of devastating fire from the oil well on June 9, 2020, and it spread nearly 1 sq kilometre radius, APCC stated in the memorandum.

APCC has also blamed the Ministry of Petroleum for not taking the matter seriously; they claimed that till now neither the Minister of Petroleum nor any senior officers from the Ministry with experts visited the spot.

The Opposition has also lambasted Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking the matter casually. “It is very surprising that the Chief Minister of Assam visiting different places by helicopter, but he could not spare some time to visit the spot and to see the plight of the people in the surrounding areas. He could have taken the matter with the Petroleum Ministry and Government of India at the appropriate time so as to bring some expert to control the non-stop leakage of natural gas which is known to everyone as very dangerous,” APCC stated further in the memorandum.

Meanwhile, APCC submitted another memorandum urging the Governor of Assam to remove Debolal Gorlosa from the post of CEM of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council and accord sanction for prosecution against Debolal Gorlosa and others in the Umrangso PS Case No 33/2007 under section 120(B), 121(A)/302/392 IPC, R/W section 27 Arms Act.

In their third memorandum, APCC urged PM Narendra Modi through Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi to save Dehing-Patkai Rainforest from coal mining.

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