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Three dead in explosion and fire in Siberian oilfield

28 July 2016

Three people have died in an explosion and fire at an oilfield in the Irkutsk Region in Russia's Siberia, TASS news agency reported on July 27. The accident at Rosneft's Verkhnechonskoye oilfield injured three others, with two in critical condition, it said. The accident was caused by a snapped fuel gas receiver, the report said.

Rosneft is the leading player in Russia's petroleum industry and controls Verkhnechonskneftegaz, which is engaged in the exploration and development of the Verkhnechonskoye oil and gas condensate field, one of the largest in Eastern Siberia.

Earlier reports from PRIME claimed the accident happened due to a backfire of a gas mixture at the field’s gas compressing station.

The company or legal authorities have not yet provided any comment on the matter.

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