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ONGC engineers cap Tripura gas well leak
Published on 21 Jun. 2011 1:19 AM IST
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After a week-long battle, the engineers of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Monday sealed a leaking natural gas well in Tripura, officials said.
“The damaged tubing spool of the leaking well at Konaban village was removed and BOP (blow out preventer) placed in the well. The flow of the gas that was coming out with huge force was finally capped and the mouth of the damaged well sealed,” an ONGC spokesman told reporters.
“Now the mouth of the well would be covered as usual by chemical mud,” he added.
He said two experts from the US-based Boots and Coots had arrived at the drilling site after the sealing of the well.
ONGC group general manager K. Satyanarayana had earlier told reporters that the leakage started Tuesday evening when personnel and engineers were engaged in routine maintenance work at the pipelines and gas well at Konaban village, 40 km south of Agartala.
He said experts from Ahmedabad and Mumbai arrived here immediately after the accident and modern machines from an ONGC complex in Assam was being brought to contain the damage.
“The crises management teams (CMT) of ONGC under the leadership of V.P. Mahewar have excelled their professional excellence to bring the situation under control. Team Tripura had put all out efforts to arrange resources to the requirement to the unit of CMT and also managed the entire operation without any scratch,” an ONGC official release said Monday night
According to Satyanarayana, the ONGC has so far drilled 22 wells in the Konaban area of which 19 are gas-bearing wells.

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