Photos by Seyyed Ali Mousavinejad, Mehr News Agency
Payvand.com - According to a report by Mehr News Agency, the fires at Iran's Maroon oil field located in southwestern province of Khuzestan have been brought under control. On January 2nd, Iran's Oil Ministry reported an accidental release of oil and gas at the Maroon field, one of the largest in Iran with 500,000 barrels a day output. It is said that 50,000 barrels of oil spilled into Jarrahi River as a result of the incident.
According to ISNA, the fire was caused by the explosion of a pipe at a depth of 700 meters and the emergence of oil fountain as a result of it. But the report by Mehr states that the fires were done on the orders of oil ministry managers to prevent the oil and gas from spilling. Well number 104 which was involved in this incident produces 2000 barrels per day. Currently about 1500 barrels are burned to prevent the pollution of the area.
Initial reports from the incident indicated 50,000 barrels of oil spilled into the nearby Jarrahi river as a result of the incident. But There has been conflicting reports about the cause of the fires. Some officials deny any spill into the river, while others dispute the amount (see report - in Persian)
Some blame the cause of the incident is blamed on the old age of Well number 104. This well has been in service for 35 years without being rebuilt. But the oil ministry officials deny this and instead blame the incident on geological issues.
... Payvand News - 01/10/10 ... --