Darkening Skies: The Qatar Well Fires of the 1950s

In a film about the disaster, “Fire at Dukhan,” the narrator breezily announces: “She went up at midday on Saturday, all 3,200 pounds to the square inch of her, and it wasn’t long before the derrick and the upper works collapsed in the heat into a pile of melted junk!”

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The blazing well site of DK20, Dec. 1956. Photos are from the BP Archives.

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