This Day in History

This Day in History (1973): New drilling records set

Aramco's U-1 rig team hits the mark on two new records in the Berri Field.

This Day in History (1973): New drilling records set

Aramco U-1 rig team, some of whose members are pictured above, and Loffland ST-1 rig team, share honors for setting two new drilling records in the Berri field last month. On Nov. 1, the Loffland Rig ST-1 completed Berri Well 61 at 8,779 feet in 21.9 days, a record performance for a directionally drilled offshore well.


Less than two weeks later, Aramco U-1 rig, operating on Abu Ali Island, drilled and completed Berri Well 215, a vertical water-injection well at a total of 8,900 feet in just 19.9 operating days, achieving a record not only for this particular type of well, but an all-time, all-types record for the Berri Field.


Caption for top photo: The Aramco U-1 rig team poses after achieving a record for a vertical water-injection well on Abu Ali Island.


Also on this day:

2017 — The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping offenses from the previous Games


1991 — Leonid Kravchuk is elected first president of Ukraine


1964 For his heroism in battle, Captain Roger Donlon is award the first Medal of Honor for U.S. forces in the Vietnam War


1952 The Great Smog begins in London as a cold fog combines with air pollution, bringing the city to a standstill for four days. Approximately 4,000 people died as a result of it.


1921 The Football Association bans women's soccer in England from league grounds, a ban that lasts for half a century


1901 Walt Disney is born


1848 The California gold rush begins after President James K. Polk confirms large amounts have been discovered in the state


1766 In London, auctioneer James Christie holds his first sale


1033 The Jordan Rift Valley earthquake destroys multiple cities across the Levant, triggers a tsunami, and kills many


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