Unprecedented oil well firefighting operations (photos)

Unprecedented oil well firefighting operations (photos)

(Persia Digest) – With the relentless efforts of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the fire at “Rag Sefid” oil well has been extinguished. On Tuesday night, 24 December 2017, the fire finally began to change color and diminish in height – the first surface signs that the fire at the burning well was going out. Finally, the fire was completely extinguished and safety operations began. Initial reports indicate that an estimated 580 thousand barrels of raw oil were burnt in this fire.

“Rag Sefid” oil well no 147 in Gachsaran, southwestern Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Province, caught fire during drilling operations, killing two workers of the National Drilling Company.

Experts have called the operation unprecedented, in which 500 people took part and two rigs were set up around the well to tackle the fire. Two pools of 130 thousand and 70 thousand liters of water were set up for cooling operations and 250 kilometers of piping was fitted to the pools from the nearby rivers. A 10 km road was also built to reach well no 147 for the operations.

“Rag Sefid” oil field is in Gachsaran. It was discovered in 1951 and exploited in 1966. It currently produces 180 thousand barrels of oil per day and it is estimated that it has a capacity of 16 million and 500 thousand barrels. In this field, four million and 490 thousand barrels of oil and one thousand and 534 billion cubic meters of natural gas can be extracted.

 

Photos: Mostafa Gholamnejad/Tasnim News Agency

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