Iran has closed around a dozen oil wells in its oil-rich southwestern Khuzestan province because of massive floods, the semi-official Mehr news agency revealed on Wednesday, leading to a drop of up to 20,000 barrels daily in crude production.
Iran’s most awful flooding in 70 years, which began on March 19, has killed at least 76 people, forced more than 220,000 into emergency shelters and caused an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to roads, bridges, homes, and farmland.
“There are no oil leaks at the Hoor al-Azim wetland area. Now we have closed 10 to 12 oil wells there as a precautionary measure to stop any environmental damages,” Mehr quoted Touraj Dehghani, the head of Iran’s Petroleum Engineering and Development Company (PEDEC), as saying.
“The oil production of the field has dropped between 15,000 to 20,000 barrels every day.”
Iranian media on Friday revealed oil output had been reduced in Khuzestan, home to the Azadegan and Yadavaran oilfields.
Iranian authorities have claimed the floods have not impacted crude exports.
The United States reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and six world powers. The sanctions have already halved Iranian oil exports.
U.S. President Donald Trump finally aims to halt Iranian oil exports, choking off Tehran’s main source of revenue. Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant groups across the Middle East. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Mark Potter)