Dateline 2018-03-07, MalaysianDigest:
Sarawak’s humble journey in the oil and gas (O&G) industry started with the commissioning of the first oil well, known as the “Old Lady” in Miri, on Dec 22, 1910.
Sarawak’s first oil refinery was built by Shell at Tanjung Lobang, Miri, and subsequently moved to Lutong, Miri.
In 1920, the Rajah issued what was known as “the Shell Concession Order”, designating the area in Miri for the exploration and mining of oil by Sarawak Oilfields Limited, owned by Shell.
In the 1930s, the Dutch and the British began their exploration for oil offshore Baram.
In 1952, the Sarawak colonial government issued an oil mining lease in the form of a deed to Sarawak Oilfields, giving the company the liberties, right and privileges to explore and mine all “the petroleum lying or within, under or throughout the territory comprising the colony of Sarawak, including lands beneath all territorial waters”.