INTRODUCTION: In India, oil pumping stations have resumed operations in the northeastern state of Assam.
GV Oil derrick
SV PAN ALONG Pipeline
GV Pump housing
SV & GV Drill being lowered (2 shots)
SV PAN ALONG Filtration unit TO storage tank
SV Storage tank
GV PAN ALONG Pipeline running along bridge side over Assam River
ADDITONAL INFORMATION: The protest has been led by the All-Assam Students' Union (AASU). They have been pressing to have all suspected aliens -- mostly of Bengladeshi origin -- registered, to have their names struck from voters' lists, and to have them deported from India.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In India, oil pumping stations have resumed operations in the northeastern state of Assam. A campaign by agitators protesting Bengladeshi immigration into India stopped most of the flow of crude oil there for 13 months. Students leading the agitation were reported on Friday(6 February) to have said they'd resume negotiations with the government without preconditions. Three previous attempts to settle the issue failed last y ear when the government rejected the students' demands for the expulsion of all illegal immigrants who have entered India after 1951.
SYNOPSIS: The oil town of Duliajan is the field administrative headquarters of Oil India Limited (OIL). Lost production is said to have cost the country an estimated GBP7000 million in sales of oil and fertiliser.
In April last year, military and para-military forces made an abortive attempt to get the oil flowing again. The agitators, however, had allowed oil to flow from the three refineries inside Assam. This enabled northeastern India to meet internal demand for petroleum products. The normal rate of pumping has been almost restored to serve Assam's three refineries -- at Digboi, Gauhati and Bongaigaon. Reports said military personnel were standing by to take over if oil workers carried out a threat to refuse to continue pumping.
At the end of January, the students said they would resist all efforts to pump oil out of Assam. A 720-mile (116 kms)-long pipeline crosses 78 rivers to carry Assam crude oil to Barauni, the major refinery in the neighbouring state of Bihar.