Baghjan Oilwell Inferno: North East Institute of Science and Technology to study if there is any induced seismicity
OIL India limited stated that the extent of the fire has been contained to the well. In order to arrest any untoward incidents of flash fire, fire tenders are kept ready at the site. Presence of gas, noise level, air quality at vicinity of the site is being constantly monitored
GUWAHATI: While Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) has ordered an inquiry into the incident of blow out and inferno in the oil well in Baghjan, Oil India Limited (OIL) has contacted North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST), Jorhat to carry out a study to see if there is any induced seismicity due to the blowout.
The gas producing oil well blew out on May 27. On June 9 it exploded into a massive inferno.
In an order the ministry stated, “Natural Gas mixed with condensate started flowing uncontrollably from one of the wells of the OIL. Three member high level committee comprising of SCL Das, Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, B C Bora former Chairman ONGC, T.K Sengupta former director ONGC is constituted to inquire the incident.”
The order stated that committee will be headed by the Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons. The term of reference of the committee include identify lapses laid down protocols and procedures which led to the incident, recommend short and long term measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents including identifying any gaps in laid down standard operating procedures. The committee shall submit its report within one month.
Two people have died and around 7000 people are affected due to the inferno. OIL stated that there were some reports of tremors in nearby villages. OIL has contacted North East Institute of Science and Technology, Jorhat to carry out a study to see if there is any induced seismicity due to the blowout.
OIL India limited stated that the extent of the fire has been contained to the well. In order to arrest any untoward incidents of flash fire, fire tenders are kept ready at the site. Presence of gas, noise level, air quality at vicinity of the site is being constantly monitored.
Oil stated that detailed draft plan of well control operation drawn up by the team of experts from M/s Alert, Singapore along with ONGC and OIL team has been submitted to the Ministry. The first load of equipment mobilized from ONGC-Sibsagar has reached Duliajan and will be sent to the site after inspection by the experts. Rest of the vehicles are expected to reach Duliajan. Vehicle carrying equipment from ONGC-Rajamundry are on their way.
OIL stated that the company is getting pump of 2500 gallons per minute ( gpm) capacity loaded in the Oil field truck at Duliajan. Testing of pumps, engines and auxiliary equipment & laying of delivery lines required for sourcing of water from Dangori River are in progress. Police forces are deployed at site by the district administration. No untoward incident of law & order has been reported so far at site.
OIL stated that production operations were stopped/disrupted at 66 Oil wells and 13 gas wells by students’ organisations and local people at Makum, Barekuri, Hapjan, Lankashi, Nagajan, Hebeda and Dhakul area leading to loss of crude oil and gas production.
Drilling operations were stopped/disrupted at four locations and workover operations were stopped/disrupted at four locations by students’ organisations and local people of Baghjan, Barekuri, Dhakul, Bozaloni & Borhapjan area. Crude oil transportation through Bowser operation was carried out with the help of security at several places while some Bowsers are stranded due to blockades by local people.
Loss of 638 metric tonnes (MT) of crude oil production from 66 of oil wells and 0.46 MMSCMD (million metric standard cubic meters per day) of natural gas from 3 nos. of gas wells due to blockade by local people and students’ organisations at Makum, Barekuri, Hapjan, Lankashi, Nagajan, Hebeda and Dhakul area.