Experts From Singapore to Inspect Assam Oil Well Gas Leak

An expert team consisting of three members from a Singapore-based emergency management firm is likely to start to progress on Sunday night to control the 10-day gas well blowout in the Tinsukia district of Assam, according to officials, on saturday

According to OIL sources, team led by Michael Ernest Allcorn of the Singapore-based firm Alert Disaster Control, is awaited to reach the leaking oil well on Sunday evening. "The delay in their arrival is due to Covid-19 related formalities and clearances at Singapore," sources stated.

As many as 650 families, comprising 2,500 people, have been shifted to three relief camps after the state-owned Oil India's (OIL) oil well at the Baghjan village in Tinsukia, around 555km east of Guwahati, started emiting natural gas on May 27.

OIL officials stated poor weather conditions were hindering removal of equipment from well plinth and development of approach roads for disconnecting equipment from the site. Local fishermen with boats have been deployed to identify oil spillage, if any, in Maguri Matapung Beel (lake) for instant remedial action.