Gushing oil well, Al-Burgan field, Kuwait

Gushing oil well, Al-Burgan field, Kuwait

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Caption: Kuwaiti oil wells. A 'gusher', an uncontrolled oil well that has not caught light, seen in the Al- Burgan field, Kuwait. This is just one of 365 wells destroyed by Iraqi troops in the Al-Burgan field toward the end of the 1991 Gulf War. The Al- Burgan field is the second largest in the world, with proven reserves of 60 billion barrels (1 barrel = 159 litres). 'Gushers' are far easier to deal with than 'flamers', the burning wells, as they are usually less damaged. About 5 million barrels of oil are being lost every day in Kuwait, both due to leakage such as this or in burning wells and pipelines.

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Keywords: al-burgan oil field, environment, environmental, gusher, kuwait, kuwait oil fields, oil (kuwait), oil pollution, oil well, oil well (kuwait), pollution

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