SK6760 : Oil well in Duke's Wood - 2

taken 9 years ago, near to Eakring, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Oil well in Duke's Wood - 2
Oil well in Duke's Wood - 2
In 1939 oil exploration was undertaken by D'Arcy Exploration Co Ltd, part of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Ltd. Using geological data from nearby colliery workings, geologists calculated that an anticline was situated under Eakring. Drilling to 7,460 feet found significant quantities of high grade oil. In March 1943, production began at around 100 wells and this location was a closely guarded secret. American oil workers provided the expertise and lived in the Anglican monastery at Kelham Hall. The oilfield produced around 3.5 million barrels of oil in the latter stages of the war at a time when the Germans had to rely on synthetic oil. Allied bombing raids stopped this process in 1944, leading to the rapid capitulation of the Luftwaffe. An important contributor to the end of the war.
SK6760 : Oil well in Duke's Wood - 3
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 October, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 5 November, 2010
Category
Oil well   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 678 601 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:8.0521N 0:59.2560W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 678 601
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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