Baghjan fire continues for 65 days

July 30, 2020: The fire at the OIL gas well at Baghjan is continuing for the 65th day. The foreign experts from Singapore, along with the OIL and ONGC experts are continuing efforts to control it.

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July 30, 2020: The fire at the OIL gas well at Baghjan is continuing for the 65th day. The foreign experts from Singapore, along with the OIL and ONGC experts are continuing efforts to bring the fire under control. But so far, they have not been able to control it.

The OIL on Wednesday said all high pressure well control equipment were placed at the designated positions as per plan which included Choke manifold, Ground X- mass tree, BOP control unit and all associated high pressure lines/hoses. Heat shields are placed to shield these equipment. The modified riser was also rigged up to the BOP stack, thus completing the capping stack. Jobs lined up for today include: (i) Laying of remaining portion of the piping from the pumper unit up to the well head for pumping killing fluid (ii) Laying of high pressure hoses connecting the choke manifold / Ground X- mass tree and the hydraulic lines from the BOP Control unit to the well head. Considering the criticality of the well capping and subsequent killing operations, a dummy run is being planned to be carried out with all support heavy machinery before the final capping operations.

Transferring and unloading of Well Killing Fluid at the site is completed and ready for killing operation, it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, an expert panel constituted to look into the Baghjan oil well explosion has found major lapses by OIL including lack of planning, execution and supervision of critical operations.

"There was deficiency in understanding of the gravity of a critical operation like removal of BOP without having a confirmed and tested secondary safety barrier. There was deficiency in proper planning of critical operations. There was a clear mismatch between planning and its execution at site and deviations from the Standard Operating Procedure," the 406-page report said.

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