• Short Summary

    THE EGYPTIAN OILFIELDS AT EL ALAMEIN ARE A TOUGHER JOB THAN MOST -- FOR THEY ARE LOCATED AMONG THE OLD MINEFIELDS LAID DOWN BY BRITISH AND GERMAN FORCES IN WORLD WAR 11.

  • Description

    THE EGYPTIAN OILFIELDS AT EL ALAMEIN ARE A TOUGHER JOB THAN MOST -- FOR THEY ARE LOCATED AMONG THE OLD MINEFIELDS LAID DOWN BY BRITISH AND GERMAN FORCES IN WORLD WAR 11. BEFORE THE RIGS WERE ERECTED IN 1966, AN ENORMOUS MINE-CLEARING OPERATION HAD TO BE PERFORMED, AND EVEN TODAY LARGE AREAS OF THE SURROUNDING DESERT ARE STILL DANGEROUS WITH LIVE MINES. VISNEWS CAMERAMAN KEN LUDLOW MANAGED TO SHOOT THIS FILM OF THE DRILLS AND BATTLEFIELD RELICS ON A RARELY-GRANTED PERMIT TO VISIT THE AREA.

    SYNOPSIS: DRILLING FOR OIL IN THE EGYPTIAN FIELDS IN AND AROUND EL ALAMEIN HAS ONE ADDED HAZARD--LIVE LANDMINES. FOR THE OILFIELDS WERE ONE BATTLEFIELDS, WHERE BRITISH AND GERMAN FORCES ENGAGED IN FIERCE COMBAT FOR THE DOMINATION OF NORTH AFRICA.

    THE FIRST WELL IN THIS AREA WAS ERECTED IN 1966--BUT ONLY AFTER A MASSIVE MINE-CLEARING OPERATION HAD BEEN PERFORMED. AND FOR SEVERAL YEARS AFTER THAT, LIVE MINES WERE STILL BEING FOUND AT THE RATE OF ABOUT 35 A WEEK. SOME WERE DISCOVERED BY DETECTORS-- OTHERS WHEN SOME POOR UNFORTUNATE CAMEL, TRIBESMAN OR OIL WORKER TROD IN THE WRONG PLACE TODAY, LARGE AREAS ARE STILL MARKED OFF WITH STONES TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE DANGEROUS--RELICS OF MILLIONS OF MINES LAID DOWN BY THE GIANT ARMIES. AND NEITHER ARE THE MINES THE ONLY RELICS OF THAT MASSIVE BATTLE MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AGO. OTHER RELICS REMAIN--ALTHOUGH THEY ARE DIFFICULT TO FILM AS THE AREA IS UNDER STRICT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS.

    OIL IS VITAL TO THE EGYPTIAN ECONOMY, AND THIS WELL--JOINTLY OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES AND EGYPT-- PRODUCES 25,000 BARRELS OF OIL DAILY. IT IS EXPECTED TO LAST AT THIS RATE FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS. MORE OIL IS VITALLY NECESSARY THEREFORE, AND PROSPECTING CONTINUES IN SEARCH OF NEW FINDS.

    TODAY, EL ALAMEIN IS JUST ANOTHER OILFIELD--ALBEIT A MORE HAZARDOUS ONE, DOTTED WITH LIVE LANDMINES. BUT TO MANY THOUSAND OF MEN ALL OVER THE WORLD, IT WAS ALWAYS BE THE PLACE WHERE THEY FOUGHT FOR THEIR LIVES IN SOME THE TOUGHEST CONDITIONS IN THE WORLD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZSCTIXYPKSESZ4NJIE2GKGZ4
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZSCTIXYPKSESZ4NJIE2GKGZ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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