Firefighters of Gulf War fame to stop ONGC gas leak

Firefighters of Gulf War fame to stop ONGC gas leak

Two experts of Houston-based Boots & Coots would reach Mumbai tomorrow and start operation at Konaban in West Tripura district from Monday to stop leaking from the well which started on June 14, Tripura ONGC Asset Manager, K Satyanarayna said here today.
Since the leakage started Konaban Gas Gathering Centre, a seven-member team of ONGC's Crisis Management Team (CMT) were flown in from Ahmedabad who tried to stop the leakage by applying chemicals but failed due to high pressure of the gas, Satyanarayna told reporters.

A high pressure pump and some other equipment were needed to contain the problem, said Satyanarayna who was a former chief of ONGC's CMT.

"The Boots and Coots experts would arrive here on Monday and by that time the high pressure pump would reach from Sibsagar in Assam. We hope the leakage would be completely stopped by next week," Satyanarayana said.

Iraqi solders ignite over 700 oil wells in Kuwait as they retreat in defeat at the close of the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Over 30 per cent of the fires had been stated to be controlled by specialists from the Red Adair Company and Boots & Coots.

He said an in-depth investigation would be carried out to find out the cause of the mishap once the situation was brought under control.

ONGC officials said, the particular gas well was explored way back in 1988 and was quite okay till June 14 evening when suddenly gas started gushing out wildly.

ONGC explored 22 wells at Konaban and its adjacent areas of which 19 wells were operational.

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