Dateline 2017-09-16, Borneo Post:
AS Sarawak ushers in Malaysia Day, it is a crucial to remember its first milestone in the oil and gas (O&G) industry, which started in Miri 107 years ago.
The first Sarawak Oil Mining Lease was signed by Rajah Charles Brooke in London in 1909, followed by the send-off by Shell of its senior geologist Dr Josef Theodor Erb and former Baram Division Resident Dr Charles Hose to Miri in 1910.
The first exploratory well was drilled on Aug 10, 1910 using an oil rig engineered by a Canadian named McAlpine – the factor contributing to the place being named ‘Canada Hill’.
Oil flowed out two months later.
Sarawak Oilfield Ltd – a subsidiary of the Shell/Royal Dutch Group – was established to run the operations from Lutong. It was renamed Sarawak Shell Oilfield Ltd and later, Sarawak Shell Bhd – marking the company’s long association with Sarawak.