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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 8
By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:
The search for 23 oilmen missing in the Caspian Sea haven't given any result as of Dec. 8, 11:00 (GMT +4), said Balamirza Alirahimov, chief engineer at Azneft, a production division of Azerbaijan's state company SOCAR.
Earlier, on Dec. 4, a fire broke out on an offshore platform of SOCAR's Gunashli field, after a strong storm damaged an underwater high-pressure gas pipeline. As many as 33 people were rescued in an ensuing large-scale operation. Some 23 oil workers are listed as missing.
Speaking at a press conference Dec. 8 in Baku, Alirahimov said four helicopters of the Emergency Situations Ministry and two helicopters of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan have joined the searches on Dec. 8 morning.
He also said that five ships are conducting searches at the Gunashli field.
"The fire is continuing in several gas wells," added Alirahimov. "They caught fire because it wasn't possible to quickly contain the fire and due to the windy weather the day the explosion occurred and the fire broke out."
He added that it was possible to install water pipeline holders at the field to deliver water to the scene under high pressure.
"Works will be completed by night to connect it [the pipeline] to the platform's infrastructure," he said, adding that this will allow delivering up to 2,000 cubic meters of water for putting out the fire at the platform.