Bapco team fights to cap leak at well
Manama, April 12, 2008
A Bapco emergency team and Civil Defence personnel managed to control a leak at well number 380 at Bapco's Bahrain Field.
Bapco urged the public to keep away from the well site until the leak was fully capped.
The leak occurred on Friday when a heavy transport vehicle hit the well head while moving equipment during regular maintenance work at noon.
Roads near the field have been blocked, including the one leading to Bramco Hindu Temple.
Oil and Gas Affairs Minister and Bapco chairman Dr Abdul Hussain Mirza told the Gulf Daily News last night that the situation is fully under control.
"Fortunately, the well which was hit is not close to any other installtion," he noted.
"Also, the gas released from the well is not that dangerous and is not going to affect anybody.
"However, Bapco experts, who have managed to control the leak, are working hard to fully cap it."
Bapco is very strict in safety and security matters, said Dr Mirza.
"Fire and safety officials from the Civil Defence Directorate are also assisting our engineers," he added.
"There is no cause for concern at all because the well is not situated in a populated area."
Dr Mirza also advised people to keep away from the area until the capping process is completed.-TradeArabia News Service