First Nevada Oil Well
February 12, 1954 – First Nevada Oil Well
After decades of dry holes (the first drilled 1,890 feet deep near Reno in 1907) Nevada became an oil producing state. Shell Oil Company’s second test of its Eagle Springs No. 1 well found oil in Railroad Valley, Nye County. This well became the state’s first commercial oil producer. First Nevada Oil Well.
The routine test became the discovery well for the Railroad Valley field – Nevada’s first major oilfield, which produced oil from an interval between 6,450 and 6,730 feet deep. Although the Eagle Springs oilfield eventually would produce 3.8 million barrels of oil, other Nevada oilfields proved difficult to find.
The state’s second discovery resulting in commercial production finally arrived more than two decades later in 1976 when Northwest Exploration Company completed the Trap Spring No. 1 well five miles west of the Eagle Springs field.
By the end of the decade:
More than a dozen Nevada oilfields produced about 50 million barrels of oil, the bureau notes, adding the Grant Canyon oilfield produced more than 20.7 million barrels of oil from three wells between 1983 through 2003.
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