Crane of Iranian oil rig drowns in Caspian Sea

Photo: Crane of Iranian oil rig drowns in Caspian Sea / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 16

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

The details of last month's incident with Iran's Amir Kabir oil rig in the Caspian Sea, have been unveiled.

Managing director of Khazar Oil Company, Ali Osouli said that one of the rig's cranes fell into the sea during one of the drilling operations of the second exploratory well, Iranian Mehr news agency reported on April 16.

Some 120 employees are working at the Amir Kabir rig, he said, adding that the incident did not lead to any casualties. Osouli also said that the rig's facilities and pipelines were not damaged as a result of the incident.

The rig resumed its operation 48 hours after the incident.

The Amir Kabir SemiSub Drilling Rig is to explore and drill oil wells to extract Iran's share of the oil and gas from the Caspian Sea.

In December 2011 Iran announced that has discovered a huge gas field after years-longed operations with Amir Kabir rig in the Caspian Sea. Iran called this field Sardar-e Jangal.

Sardar-e Jangal field's first well reportedly was drilled 700 metres in depth through benthos in 1000-metre deep waters.

The field's natural gas reserves are approximately about 50 trillion cubic feet, according to the Iranian media outlets.

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