Incendie sur une plateforme de gaz en Caspienne
There has been a fire outbreak in a well at the Bulla-Deniz gas condensate field on the Caspian Sea shelf. According to a report posted on the website of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), which is the operator of the field, the fire has engulfed exploration well No 90 in the northeast wing of Bulla-Deniz.
According to SOCAR, the fire broke out on Saturday night during drilling at a depth of more than 5.8 thousand meters. “At 23:30 local time (22:30 MSK) a wild gas blowout occurred after which the fire started,” the statement says. It says that all the workers who were on the platform were evacuated to the shore.
“At present, fire-fighting vessels that have surrounded the platform control the situation. The fire extinguishing operation will begin after the plan for shutting down the well is prepared,” SOCAR stated.
The causes of the fire outbreak are being investigated.
The Bulla-Deniz field is located in the open sea at a distance of 80 kilometres from Baku. It was discovered in the mid-1970s. The sea depth at the field is about 26 metres.
The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) is conducting work on developing a programme to rectify the consequences of the accident that took place at the Bulla-Deniz offshore gas field, SOCAR head Rovnag Abdullayev told journalists on Monday.
… prépare un plan d’action pour corriger l’accident…
As SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev told journalists yesterday, fire-extinguishing is not a big problem.
En fait, le problème c’est que la SOCAR aimerait bien ne pas trop démolir le puits existant ( segregation )…
Preparation works on segregation have already been started in the well. The initial actions comprise to approach the well and clean the broken equipment. Thereafter, we will begin to work for extinguishing and segregation of it. I want to note that the Commission continues its work on a daily basis. Specific measures will be defined for each day depending on the situation.
On réfléchit, on se prépare et on va bientôt s’attaquer au problème.
Pas besoin des experts étrangers.
Q. Media reports that BP-Azerbaijan is closely participating in the fire-extinguishing. What can you say about their role in this situation?
- BP-Azerbaijan company is one our main foreign partners functioning in Azerbaijan and has been cooperating with the State Oil Company for years. In case of this accident, they addressed us that they are ready to participate in the elimination process of the accident. Taking into account the experience of BP gained in the Gulf of Mexico, we accepted their proposal. We also invited their specialist to the meeting yesterday. Opinions of BP’s experts were also taken into account. It became clear that there is nothing in their approach to the situation. Other Azerbaijan-based foreign oil companies have offered their help in fire-extinguishing. SOCAR appreciates urgent reactions of BP and other foreign partners and their efforts to help us in the situation and thanks their leaderships. Consequently, the proposals of Azerbaijani experts reflect the real situation more clearly. We prefer to solve the issue at the cost of internal forces. I’m sure that Azerbaijani experts will decently overcome this problem.
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