08 March 2009

Petroleum eruption in flames at Moreni,Romania

Moreni,Romania in 1929-petroleum eruption in fire at well 160 Romana-Americana.
The eternel flame of Moreni extinguished by Americans.Moreni, Prahova District, Roumania The greatest oildisaster, which wasted Millions of barrels of oil, found its and last night. "The flams of Moreni" which burned continously since May 27th, 1929 day and night was extinguished by two American Engineers Schopp and Kindley. After having pumped tons of water near the flams they dinamited the valve and following the tremendous airpressure resulting from the blast the Oil-Gases ceased to be aflame. All Moreni was hailing the two Americans having succeeded in a task, where hundreds of other experts have failed through weeks of work during the two and a half years. - According to experts the flame of Moreni cost every day 7 waggons of oil.
Burning well at Moreni(1925).
Moreni 305 Concordia well on fire(1926).
Petroleum eruption in fire at Moreni,Romania(160RA oil well).
Oil well in flames in Moreni oilfield.

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Recolored black and white photos with petroleum eruption in fire at Moreni,Romania between 1925 and 1936 when petroleum exploitation reached a new dimension with fierceness eruptions and ferocious fires.In 1930 50% of romanian oil production came from Moreni.At the begining of the economical crisis,proprieties from Moreni produced 520 thousand tones of oil per year.Petroleum wells in fire at Moreni.
Oil eruption at well nr.160 Romana-Americana in may 1929.

The works on the Moreni oil field was in full swing. The Southern side of the 3rd Meotic layer was unknown and the Northern side was anomalous with difficulties at water stopping at its launching into production. Since the oil wells were blowing into the open air and the drilling technique was not yet perfected, because the zone had not been thoroughly explored by then, thousands of crude oil wagons and billions of cubic meters of gas were lost.

07 March 2009

Moreni petrolum industry at beginnings

Wooden derricks at Moreni(1923).
Moreni view from Bana hill(1926).

View over the Moreni wells(1926) in the north of town.

Oilfield at Moreni,Romania-1925(Pascov Valley)

Oil wells at Moreni-Pascov valley.
Oil industry transportation at Moreni hills in 1925.

Astra-Romana garages,toolmen and factorys at Moreni.
Romania is in fact the World’s oldest oil producing country with production records going back to 1854. The giant Moreni-Gura-Ocnitei field was found in 1857, holding about 750 Mb. The country, with its long history of production,ranks 32nd out of 65 oil producing countries in terms of Ultimate Recovery. A total of some 540 wildcats have been drilled, many before 1930, yielding discoveries totalling about 6.7 Gb, of which 5.8 Gb have already been produced.It is evidently a very mature oil territory with future discovery here estimated at about 300 Mb. In addition, some 55 Tcf of gas have been discovered, of which 43 Tcf have been produced, with production now running at about 475 bcf a year.
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