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A massive fire has broken out at Marun, Iran’s second largest oil field, situated in the country’s southwest. Despite all efforts, emergency workers are unable to contain the fire.
An underground explosion that occurred three days ago led to the fire outbreak.
But the main goal of nearly a thousand emergency workers deployed in the area at the moment is not to allow the oil to leak into the nearby Jarahi River, which is a major source of drinking water, supplying three towns in the region.
The Maroon field is one of the largest in Iran with 500,000 barrels a day. The incident - which was not blamed on sabotage - comes amid growing concern about the region after Iran was accused of occupying an oil well that Iraq says it owns. Iran has denied the accusation.
Originally posted by billyjack
Having been a petroleum engineer for over 30 years I really don't understand how thay could have had an underground explosion unless they were air drilling ie no oxygen no fire/no explosion. As far as a blowout being a "common occurence", no it's not. Loss of control is very unusual and nearly is always the result of incompetence of personel, poor design or equipment failure. If it's a common occurence then I'm not getting paid enough, since I've probably drilled over 1000 wells in the last 30 years & I've never had a "tourist attraction".