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  • Controlling sabotaged oil wells in a war zone: Between Iraq and a hard place


    J. Garner and W. Markus

    The war in Iraq commenced on March 20, 2003. In keeping with his past actions in Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1991, Saddam Hussein sabotaged a number of the Iraqi oil wells in the south Rumalia oil fields. Boots & Coots (B&C) entered into a contract to assist the military in controlling these wells at an unprecedented point in time, while the war was in full swing. Subsequently, B&C aided in extinguishing four wells which were on fire, and in safely controlling an additional five wells in the first 45 days of the war. The following discussion describes stinging operations used to kill fires and well flow in Wells RU-67 and RU-64, which were flowing uncontrolled, the latter at up to 15,000 to 20,000 bopd.

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