Assam: Oil India Limited gas well exploded, outcry in residents, evacuated surrounding areas, Sonowal informed Petroleum Minister about the explosion.
Bhupen Goswami (30/05/2020)
GUWAHATI : A public sector Oil India Limited (Oil) gas well in Assam exploded (blowout) on Wednesday. After this, the area around the plant in Tinsukia district started evacuating. No casualties have been reported yet.The company said operations have been halted following the sudden uncontrolled exit of natural gas from the well. However, it is not clear whether the well is on fire with the explosion. The company said, “On Wednesday, 29 May, around 10:30 am, Bagjan-5 well under Bagjan oil field in Tinsukia district saw a sudden stir. At that time gas production work was going on there. Oil said that the well has been sprayed with sufficient amount of water to control the explosion.Also, a system to prevent blowout has been installed. Locals have been evacuated from the vicinity of the well to safer places. Whenever the pressure inside the well gets high in the oil and gas sector, it suddenly explodes and crude oil or natural gas starts coming out in an uncontrolled way. This is called blowout. This situation is created due to the pressure-retaining system inside the well not working properly. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today apprised Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan about the incidents of gas explosion in the oil field in Baghjan, Tinsukia. Sonowal urged Pradhan to take immediate corrective measures to handle the situation.The Assam Chief Minister urged Mishra to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of public health in the area around the oil explosion while preventing gas leakage at the earliest to prevent any damage. The Union Minister assured of every possible cooperation in this regard.Sonowal also spoke to OIL CMD Sushil Chandra Mishra and discussed the situation arising out of the gas blast incidents. The Chief Minister also directed Assam Pollution Control Board Chairman Y Suryanarayana to visit the site of the incident.