An explosion at an ageing oilfield in Iran has come under control, according to reports.
The resulting fire at the Bibi Hakimeh oilfield, a short distance inland from the northern Persian Gulf, has been brought under control, according to news agencies.
The blast occurred during drilling activity after workers unexpectedly struck a large layer of trapped gas, Mehr reported, citing a statement from the National Iranian Drilling Company.
"The explosion came under control by pumping the drilling fluid in shortest time, reducing the pressure to approximately zero and bringing the well under control," announced NIDC deputy managing director.
Bibi Hakimeh field is based around 210 kilometers southeast of Ahvaz, center of Khuzestan province.