BAKU, August 18 (Itar-Tass) - 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.