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Iran renews offer to help with Gulf spill
Mon May 24, 2010 16:33

Iran renews offer to help with Gulf spill
Published: May 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM

TEHRAN, May 24 (UPI) -- Iranian energy companies stand ready to help respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico if asked by U.S. officials, Iranian oil executives said.

Mehran Alinejad, the director of drilling operations at the National Iranian Drilling Co., said Iranian companies had experience controlling vast oil spills in the region. He told the official Islamic Republic News Agency that technical teams in Iran had "major achievements in oil well capping."

"There is, at any rate, an ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and its negative consequences will affect everyone," he added. "That is why if we receive a suitable response from relevant (U.S.) officials we can examine the issue and contribute to its resolution."

NIDC officials said in early May that Iran was ready to overlook the U.S. push for new sanctions at the U.N. Security Council as there is an urgent need for action in the southern coastal regions.

The Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire and sank in April. Oil has gushed from a broken riser about a mile under the surface for more than a month.

BP, the operator at Deepwater Horizon, has tried unsuccessfully to plug the leak. The company said it would launch an effort this week to inject heavy drilling fluids into the well in an effort to stop the leak. It expressed uncertainty that the unconventional method would work, however.

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