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In the19th Century peole were aware of rocks in the Caspian Sea close to the Absheron Peninsula covered by a film of oil. The area was named Black Rocks. Scientific studies began in 1859 but it was not until 1896 when a pioneer of offshore oil production, mining engineer Witold Zglenitsky, made a request to the Baku Mining Department to begin drilling wells on reclaimed land in Bibi-Heybat Bay. It would have involved installation of a special waterproof platform, 4m above sea level, to allow draining of oil into barges with a capacity of around 1.4mm bbls. Although the plan was never implemented it did establish that offshore oil production was possible.
In 1934 mining engineer F. Rustambekov wrote articles in the magazine ‘Azerbaijan Oil Industry’ about oil fields under water in the Caspian Sea and was the first to suggest methods of developing them. The study of the geological structure of the area was conducted in 1946 by the Azerbaijan Academy of Sciences and in 1949 the Neft Dashlari (Oil Rocks) field was discovered around 100 kms from the coast. It was then the world’s largest offshore oil field and the early development of Oil Rocks was the foundation for offshore production and drilling around the world.
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