A massive oil well fire that raged for more than five months in northeast India, costing Oil India more than US$30.5 million, has finally been extinguished, officials said on Sunday (Nov 15).
Oil India engineers had battled the blaze in Assam state since an explosion in June, weeks after the well blew out and began discharging huge quantities of natural gas.
Two employees of the state-owned company died in the blast, which sent a wall of flame and massive plumes of smoke into the sky. A third worker died in September after an accident at the site.
Experts from Singapore, the United States and Canada joined efforts to contain the inferno, and Oil India spokesman Tridiv Hazarika said Sunday the fire had now been “doused completely”.
“The well has been filled with a brine solution and is under control now,” he told APF, adding that the well had yet to be capped.
Thousands of villagers in Tinsukia district had been relocated to relief camps after the blaze started.
The Baghjan oil field is next to the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and the wetland habitat of several endangered species, including tigers and elephants.