SOCAR dismantles platform in Bulla-Deniz field

SOCAR (the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan) has dismantled and transported to land about 35-40 per cent of drilling equipment located on the emergency well in the Bulla-Deniz field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, a SOCAR statement published on Friday, said.

"Measures to prevent the accident taken by specialists of SOCAR and the Ministry of Emergency Situations are carried out in accordance with the prescribed schedule", the statement said.

The fire engulfed exploration well No.90 in the north-east wing of Bulla-Deniz. The sea depth at the field is 26.5 metres.

According to SOCAR, ignition happened at night on Saturday during drilling at a depth of 5868 metres.

An open gas blowout took place at 23:30 local time which was followed by fire.

All 62 workers who were at the platform were evacuated to the shore, there were no casualties.

Earlier in the result of the work the fire was localized and oriented vertically.

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