The First Oil Field in the Middle East

The 1908 discovery of Masjid Suleiman in southwest Iran

This year marks the 110th anniversary of the discovery of the Masjid Suleiman oil field in southwest Persia (Iran), which ushered in a new era in the history of the Middle East. This is the story of the men whose vision, interests and perseverance made it happen.

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Gusher: Oil discovery well at Masjid Suleiman, 1908. Source: British Petroleum Archive No. 178498.George Bernard Reynolds (left) with two colleagues Crush (center) and Willans (right) in Persia ca. 1909. Source: British Petroleum Archive No. 178509-08.

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