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OIL suspends work for dousing Baghjan gas well blaze as casing valve cracks

The well no. 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district has been spewing gas uncontrollably for 85 days since a blowout on May 27 and it caught fire on June 9

Baghjan oil field, Assam oil field fire
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An aerial view of the Baghjan oil field engulfed in fire, in Tisukia, Assam. Photo: PTI

Press Trust of India Guwahati
PSU major Oil India Limited (OIL) on Wednesday said that it had to suspend work for putting out the blaze at the damaged Baghjan gas well in Assam after a "casing valve" used during the operation ruptured.
The well no. 5 at Baghjan in Tinsukia district has been spewing gas uncontrollably for 85 days since a blowout on May 27 and it caught fire on June 9.
After placing the Blow Out Preventer (BOP), a hard metal cap, at the mouth of the well on August 17, the company was working on to "kill" the well by inserting chemical fluids into it.
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First Published: Aug 19 2020 | 11:15 PM IST

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