Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Iran losing 8,000 bpd in oil rig fire

* Fire started May 29, could burn for six months

* Well's output was around 600-800 bpd

* Reservoirs built to stem losses -ISNA

TEHRAN, June 9 (Reuters) - A fire at an Iranian oil rig, which had been pumping between 600 and 800 barrels per day (bpd), is causing losses of 8,000 bpd, an oil ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

The fire broke out at well number 24 at the Naft Shahr oilfield in the western Kermanshah province on May 29 and oil officials have said it could burn for six months.

The spokesman said total production from the field was 10,000 bpd. He said each well there produced 600-800 bpd.

Three oil workers were killed and at least 10 injured when the Naft Shahr fire broke out.

To stem the losses, two reservoirs have been built to store leaking oil, one of 40,000 barrels capacity and the other of 60,000 barrels, the students news agency ISNA reported.

Naft Shahr, the only active oilfield in the province, has estimated reserves of 692 million barrels, according to the semi- official Mehr news agency.

The oilfield is shared with neighbouring Iraq.

OPEC member Iran is the world's fourth biggest crude exporter. It pumps 3.6 million bpd of which it exports 2.1 million bpd, Deputy Oil Minister Noureddin Shahnazizadeh said on May 31. (Reporting by Ramin Mostafavi; Writing by Robin Pomeroy)

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