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Battle to Put Out Burning Oil Well Worked

Rag Sefid field, holds an estimated 16.5 billion barrels of crude oil in place.

Parvin FaghfouriAzar

Parvin FaghfouriAzar

Energy Today Senior Reporter

Efforts to bring under control a deadly blaze that ripped through an oil well in the southern Khuzestan Province worked.

According to Mohammad Reza Takayedi, Deputy Managing Director of the National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC), dousing an oil well fire is a daunting task because of the enormous fuel supply for the fire. For conducting top killing operation, water was poured on the deadly blaze from ten sides. A very large pool has been dug in 150 meters distance from the well and five pipelines have been built to transfer water from different spots to this pool. Given that Rag-Sefid is located in a mountainous area and the ground is very hard in that region, digging this pool was a difficult job and took 14 days.

And for conducting bottom killing operation, two wells were dug near the burning well.

Bijan Alipour, the managing director of National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC), says that bringing Rag-Sefid under control is one of the most difficult operations for controlling an offshore well and underlines that digging the mentioned pool and laying 250 kilometers pipeline to bring water to it during 10 days, also digging the two wells near the burning well during 11 days are two records in the country’s history of controlling such blowouts.

Rag Sefid field, holds an estimated 16.5 billion barrels of crude oil in place. Foreign companies including Schlumberger, Zarubezhneft as well as Iran's MAPNA Group have conducted studies on the field.

 

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