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Monday June 4, 2007
Story and photos by Rapaee Kawi
THE Grand Old Lady is no stranger to Miri folk, but for visitors a trip to this oil city in northern Sarawak would not be complete without stopping by to see her.
This lady is actually the first oil well to be sunk in Miri.
The well was dug on August 10, 1910, and completed on Dec 22 the same year, the first of 624 wells to be commissioned in Miris oilfield.
After a remarkable record of 62 years in service and produced over 650,000 barrels of oil, the Grand Old Lady was finally decommissioned in Oct 31 1972.
One year after she retired, the oil well No 1 was handed over to the Sarawak Gover-nment for it to be kept as part of a historical monument.
A Petroleum Museum was opened at the site in 2005 in conjunction with Miris elevation to city status.
The Grand Old Lady is the star of the museum. Statues depicting oil workers at work have been erected at the well to show how drilling was done.
Outside, there is a jogging path around the museum grounds and ample parking for visitors.
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