Guwahati, 5 June: The Oil India Limited (OIL) today informed that experts from Singapore based M/s Alert Disaster Control will reach Duliajan, late June 7 evening to try control gas flow from Baghjan gas well. The delay in their arrival is due to COVID related clearances at Singapore.
“The following is the latest communication from Michael E. Allcorn - Managing Director, Alert Disaster Control (Asia) Pte. Ltd: “To ensure clarity within my previous email, please note that upon assessment of the unique circumstances of the Oil India well control incident and the critical importance of our mobilization clearance, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has issued a one-time ‘exceptional clearance’ for the charter aircraft arrival and immediate departure from Singapore and the corresponding arrival of the ALERT Advance team to Guwahati, Assam, India on Sunday, 07 June 2020 at approximately 14:00 hrs,” , informed the OIL.
Meanwhile, Baghjan well is flowing gas uncontrollably. Three experts from Singapore firm -- Michael Ernest Allcorn, Senior Well Control Operations / Team Leader, Craig Neil Duncan, Senior Well Control Engineer and Edward Harris MacLeod, Senior Well Control Specialist – are being roped in by the OIL to control the gas flow from the well where blow out had occurred by accident.
Meanwhile, the OIL is mobilizing items like Breathing Air Cascade & H2S Detection etc. required for blow-out control activities while all safety and security measures are continuously being monitored to protect surrounding villagers and their properties.
The OIL has assured that protection of the environment will be of paramount while carrying out the Well Control Operation.
Meanwhile, Amar Nath, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Patroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) inspected Dibru Saikhowa National Park along with DFO (Wild Life),Tinsukia on Friday and interacted with concerned officials of OIL in the presence of senior officials of Assam Forest Department and Sanjoy Kishan, Assam’s Minister for Tea Tribes Welfare.
Operational activities were affected by protests staged by local people in front of Baghjan EPS (Early Production Set-up) installation. The bandh, however, was withdrawn after today’s meeting at DC’s office in Tinsukia.
The meeting decided that OIL will be providing an amount of Rs,30,000 to each of the impacted families as an immediate relief. The detailed beneficiary list with name and bank account details will be prepared by District Administration.
This was a tripartite meeting among the district administration, representatives of Baghjan Gaon Milan Jyoti Yuva Sangha and the OIL team led by Biswajit Roy, Director, and (HR&BD).