Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla has ordered an inquiry into the causes of a fire that broke out at Mediterra’s ASL 35 development well, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The fire broke out in an auger due to sudden flow caused by the increased gas pressure, according to initial reports.

The decision came during a meeting held between the minister and representatives from several national oil companies. The meeting’s attendees included the ministry’s First Undersecretary, Mohamed Moanes; head of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Abed Ezz El Regal; head of the Egyptian General Company, Mohsen El Noubi; and head of Petrobel, Atef Hassan.

ASL 35 well is located in the desert area 35-km south of Ras Sedr city.