• Short Summary

    Railroad tank-cars loaded with the first crude oil from France's vast reserves in the Sahara arrived today at the Mediterranean port of Philippville for shipment to French refineries.

  • Description

    Railroad tank-cars loaded with the first crude oil from France's vast reserves in the Sahara arrived today at the Mediterranean port of Philippville for shipment to French refineries.

    For the French it was a great day. It meant, many of them thought, the beginning of the end of their dependence on costly petroleum from the Middle East and the Caribbean and the fruition of an enterprise that should tide their industries over fuel requirements until atomic energy can be harnessed to factories in the country.

    Military precautions were taken in Algeria to make certain that the tank-cars with the first oil arrived safely on a 275-mile rail run out of the Sahara.

    The oil has been flowing during the last week or ten days from wells at Hassi Bezzaoud through a 125-mile pipe line to Toggourt. Minister of the Sahara Lejoune attended a military parade there. From storage tanks at Toggourt the oil was piped into tank-cars, which were attached to a 63-car freight train.

    An armoured car was added to the train. It had also ben planned to give fighter 'plane air cover along the rail route to Philippville, but bad weather prevented this. Tanks and armoured cars accompanied the crossings through rebel infested territory.

    The train was late arriving at Philippville - where there was little ceremony on the occasion - owing to a wreck on the line. The reason was unknown but sabotage was not ruled out.

    Toward the end of the month trunkers will take the oil across to the refineries at Marzeilles.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAKZ780SC8M0A25M2LUWJAVWE9
    Media URN:
    VLVAAKZ780SC8M0A25M2LUWJAVWE9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/01/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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