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Salgado In Kuwait; 1991






I wish to speculate about this bottom photo, please. I am pretty sure this is an Adair hand and this well would be in the Burgan Field.


The wind is blowing really hard and offers a great chance to get in from the windward side and see what needs to be done to fix this. So I think this hand is dragging in some rag hose to be able to put some water between himself and the fire. He'll get some help and walk in really close, I mean close, close, behind a tin shield drenched in water and water knocking back the heat a little. He'll make a plan from there. This fire can be extinguished with water from a couple of HP pumps, cooled down and the tubing head removed. There were lots of wells like this that could be capped in one day.

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Mike , I was still living in India when the Bombay High blow out happened . I remember how ' Red ' was welcomed as royalty when he arrived in Bombay( Mumbai) . He was headlines for all the time till his team put out the fire . My regret is that I was not peak oil aware then and appreciate the work he does , but as the Dean Martin song goes '' You can't win them all '' .

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Mike
May 18
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I recall that was 1982, yes? Ramond Henry and Danny Clayton were both on that job for Red. I've been wanting to write about that job, actually, and others in this Bombay High Field complex. Numerous problems have occured there since its discovery in 1975-76. The platform fire in 2005 was horrible.

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Oh my gosh! Incredible photos!

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Amazing photographs Mike. Thank you.

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