• Short Summary

    THE TWENTIETH CENTURY HAS OVERTAKEN THE TINY ISLAND OF DUVANNY, IN THE CASPIAN SEA. FOR?

  • Description

    THE TWENTIETH CENTURY HAS OVERTAKEN THE TINY ISLAND OF DUVANNY, IN THE CASPIAN SEA. FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS IT HAS BEEN THE HOME OF WILDFOWL AND SEA BIRDS NOW THE OILMEN HAVE ARRIVED.

    SOME OF THE MAIN OIL STRIKES IN THE U.S.S.R. HAVE BEEN IN THE CASPIAN AREA AND NOW THE TRAIL HAS LED TO DUVANNY ISLAND IN THE BAKINSKY ARCHIPELAGO.

    GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS HAVE SHOWN THAT THE ISLAND AND THE SEA BED AROUND IT ARE RICH WITH OIL.

    NOW A SMALL TOWNSHIP HAS SPRUNG UP ON THE FORMERLY DESERTED ISLAND AS DRILLING MASTERS AND THEIR CREWS FROM BAKU, THE REGIONAL CAPITAL MOVE IN TO PREPARE THE OPERATION FOR EXTRACTING THE COVETED OIL.

    THE MOST MODERN TECHNIQUES ARE BEING USED AND A FLOATING BORING RIG HAS BEEN BROUGHT INTO USE. IT HOUSES A 100-TON CRANE AND ITS MAIN USE IS IN SETTING FULLY RIGGED BORING DERRICKS STRAIGHT INTO THE SEA. BEFORE THEY HAD TO BE ASSEMBLED PIECE BY PIECE.

    RUSSIAN OIL PRODUCTION STARTED IN THE AREA AROUND BAKU ON THE CASPIAN SHORE BACK IN CZARIST TIMES IN 1940 THE SOVIETS PRODUCED 31 MILLION TONS OF OIL AND 22 MILLION TONS OF IT CAME FROM THE BAKU AREA.

    BY 1950 PRODUCTION FROM BAKU HAD FALLEN TO 14.6 MILLION TONS. TEN YEARS OUTPUT HAD INCREASED TO 17.8 MILLION TONS. BUT BY THAT TIME BAKU HAD FALLEN TO SECOND PLACE AS AN OIL PRODUCING AREA. ITS PLACE HAD BEEN TAKEN BY AN AREA BETWEEN THE VOLGA AND THE URALS.

    NOW, WITH THIS LATEST STRIKE AT DUVANNY ISLAND, THE BAKU AREA MAY BE MAKING A BID TO REGAIN ITS FORMER GLORY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2TXD9UH7490TERO4N5UJOP7RC
    Media URN:
    VLVA2TXD9UH7490TERO4N5UJOP7RC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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