Working for Shell in Brunei,
We were the largest anchor handler and the default Rapid Intervention Vessel as we had Class 1 FiFi.
The gentleman John refers to has a no flaring policy for the excess gas produced from the wells, this to show to his citizens, that despite his profligate wealth, he was wisely managing rhe nations resource.
All was well till the inter monsoon season when the wind dropped to zero.
During the day monsterous cu nims towered, you could see them visibly boiling.
They grew and joined up into a super cell…
The rain and some hail plummeted down at 2000 give or take, vis dropped to zero.
Then the lightning started, low rumbles at first, then the show took off.
A huge flash then a massive shock wave and a fireball the size of a small nuke…
The gas had accumulated near the surface from a couple of wells and bang!
We got sent over to hit out the flare,
After that Shell got some flare booms.
How the Sultan handled it yet to know…