Bahrain: Oil Well #1

This is Oil Well #1! Bahrain was the first country on the Arabian Peninsula where the black gold of oil was discovered in 1931 – an event that transformed this land of desert and sandstorms into gleaming metropolises and rich petrodollar-flushed nations. Oil Well #1 went operational in October 1931 at 9k/barrels a day, and the production increased over the years to 10-times that. It’s an eerie site with sand dust covered oil pump “christmas tree” and pipelines going in all directions. Interestingly, as you look around – the landscape is covered with many more oil wells and even brand new drill platforms digging yet deeper.
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