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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.16
The first phase of the work on extinguishing the fire at the platform #10 of Azerbaijan's offshore Guneshli field has been completed, Kamaladdin Heydarov, minister of emergency situations told reporters Dec.16.
He added that the fire in one of the wells has been extinguished.
It is expected that the fire will be completely extinguished soon, according to the minister.
Heydarov also touched upon the search for the oil workers who have gone missing as a result of the accident at the field.
"Despite the adverse weather conditions, the search continues," he said.
A fire broke out on the offshore platform Dec. 4, as a strong storm damaged an underwater high-pressure gas pipeline. As many as 33 people were rescued in an ensuing large-scale operation. The bodies of seven killed were retrieved, while 23 oil workers are still listed as missing.
Edited by SI