Fire hits Iranian platform in Arabian Gulf gas field

Iran's Students News Agency ISNA said the fire had been contained. (Reuters/File photo)
Updated 12 June 2019

Fire hits Iranian platform in Arabian Gulf gas field

  • Platform is in the South Pars field shared between Iran and Qatar
  • Iran's Students News Agency ISNA said the fire had been contained

DUBAI: A fire that broke out on a platform of the South Pars gas field in the Gulf on Wednesday has been contained and no fatalities were reported, Iran's oil ministry news agency SHANA said.
The South Pars field is the world's largest gas field, and is shared between Iran and Qatar. It is being developed in 24 phases.
Iran's Students News Agency ISNA said the fire had been contained. State TV said the cause of the fire was under investigation and there were no reports of disruptions to operations at the field.
"No one was reportedly killed by the fire at platform SPG9," the head of the Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) Mohammad Meshkinfam told SHANA, adding that all staff had been evacuated before the fire took hold.
Several fireboats were dispatched to extinguish the fire, he said. 


Abu Dhabi bans travel in, out and within emirate to limit coronavirus spread

Updated 31 May 2020

Abu Dhabi bans travel in, out and within emirate to limit coronavirus spread

  • The restrictions come into force on Tuesday and last for a week
  • Traveling will not be allowed between the areas of Abu Dhabi city, Al-Ain and Al-Dhafrah

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi has banned travel into and out of the emirate and between its three regions from Tuesday.
The restrictions, announced by the Abu Dhabi Emergency and Crisis Committee, come into force on Tuesday and last for a week.
Both residents and nationals will not be allowed to travel between the areas of Abu Dhabi city, Al-Ain and Al-Dhafrah. 
The decision is meant to enhance the effectiveness of the “National Screening Program and reduce the spread of covid-19,” Abu Dhabi Media Office said.
Exemptions are available by a special private permit for employees of vital sectors, or chronic disease patients heading to hospitals, and the transportation of goods.