They take turns every 6 hours, days and nights,
there is no rest for oil drillers.
They work for their own account often with several sharing the possible vein of black gold. They have been authorized by the government to operate certain specific locations. But some drillers who find nothing in these places move to unauthorized places and thus go illegal. Maybe that’s why I was a little “framed” during this visit, apparently to reassure some “illegal” drillers who fear trouble.
We also joined the services of the owner of the boat to descend a short distance the Irrawaddy towards the bank in front of Bagan.In Magwe finding oil is a lottery, it takes a large intake of money to dig the hole sometimes 500 meters or more without knowing if there will be return on investment.
to 500-600m and goes up as soon as that took about 12 liters. It is an incessant coming and going, and according to the good or bad veins it is necessary to separate the sludge from the oil.
The government that operates other, more sophisticated wells in the region is renouncing this type of artisanal mining that is not suited to its industry, allowing many poor farmers to seize the opportunity to increase their income.
As you pass from one bank of the Irrawaddy to the other, you change your surroundings and world.
On the one hand, it is the prestigious city of the temples of Bagan, the treasure of Burma, crumbling under the incessant flow of tourists rushing every night to the highest temples and the best placed to immortalize THE sunset will be broadcast on all the social networks of the world.
But I had the chance of a day’s respite to go to Magwe to see the oil drillers.
Burma always offers you a surprise !