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    Oil India Baghjan blowout turns into inferno

    Oil India Baghjan blowout turns into inferno
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    The blowout at the Oil India well in Baghjan, Assam on Tuesday turned into an inferno.

    The blowout at the Oil India well in Baghjan, Assam on Tuesday turned into an inferno.
    The oil well in Assam has been continuously flowing out gas, or undergoing a blowout, since May 27, with authorities unable to bring it under control despite bringing in experts from Singapore.
    It is one of the biggest blowouts in India and has now turned into an inferno after it caught fire.
    Assamese portal Guwahati Plus reported that the National Disaster Response Force and the Air Force have been called for help in controlling the inferno.
    An uncontrolled release of oil or gas from an oil or gas well is defined as blowout. Oil and gas wells have pressure control systems in place but sometimes the volume of release exceeds the control systems in place resulting in a blowout.
    The Oil India well in Baghjan is a gas well, located in the Tinsukia district of Assam. Oil India drilled it in 2006 and has been producing 80,000 standard cubic metres per day (SCMD) of gas.
    The surrounding villages have been evacuated, however, media reports suggest that the blowout has caused damage to the marine ecosystem in the region with reports of fishes and a Gangetic dolphin perishing.
    Typically, blowouts die out on their own, but the natural process can take months.
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