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After 172 days India successfully douses the blaze at Assam Gas Well

Indian officials successfully doused the blaze at the damaged gas well at Baghjan in the state of Assam on Sunday, after over five months of a blowout.

The worst industrial disaster in took away the lives of three employees of the plant and injured dozens.

The process to control the well by joint efforts of multiple teams, including foreign experts, also faced a series of setbacks.




NDRF personnel in action on site at Baghjan Gas Plant, Assam, India.

“The well has been killed with brine solution and under control now. Fire has been doused completely,” Oil India Ltd (OIL) spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said in a statement.

“Further operation to abandon the well is in progress,” Hazarika said, adding that experts from Singaporean firm Alert Disaster Control were actively engaged in the final operation to control the well.

The company’s top executives visited the well site following the successful killing operation after 172 days of the blowout and held detailed discussions with the experts from Alert.



Well no.5 at Baghjan in the Tinsukia district was spewing gas uncontrollably since May 27 and it caught fire on June 9, killing two of OIL’s firefighters at the site.

On September 9, a 25-year old electrical engineer of the OIL lost his life due to high voltage electric shock when he was working at the well site.

On July 22, three foreign experts from the Alert Disaster Control, which was assisting OIL and ONGC experts in putting out the inferno, received burn injuries while they were removing a spool from the wellhead.


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