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Iran's oilfield, petrochem plants survive strong earthquake: report
TEHRAN, Nov 14, 2017 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Copyright 2017 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY

Production activities at Iran's Azar oilfield and petrochemical plants in the western provinces have not been affected by the deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Sunday night, Financial Tribune daily reported on Tuesday.

"The earthquake has done no harm to the oilfield's installations and there is no reason for worry," Keyvan Yarahmadi, an official with the Petroleum Engineering and Development Company, was quoted as saying.

Yarahmadi noted that crude oil extraction at Azar oil field, in the Ilam province, is underway as usual.

Besides, Mohammad Ali Bosaqzadeh, deputy for production control at the National Petrochemical Company, said that the strong earthquake has damaged neither the petrochemical plants in western provinces nor the West Ethylene Pipeline that runs from Asalouyeh by the Persian Gulf to West Azarbaijan province in northwest Iran.

"Petrochemical complexes in Ilam, Kermanshah, Mahabad and Kurdestan are up and running," Bosaqzadeh said.

"Structurally, the plants comply with modern engineering standards and there is nothing to worry about in such critical situations," he added.

The quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rattled the border region between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night, causing extensive damage and loss of life.


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