FARMER PLOUGHS FIELD BESIDE MALTA'S OIL EXPLORATORY DRILLING PLATFORM.
A farmer ploughs his field next to an oil exploratory drilling platform outside the village of Kercem on the island of Gozo, three miles north of Malta October 21. The gases found so far indicate that the presence of good-quality oil is highly likely, though it remains unknown what sort of quantities are involved. The drilling, which has gone down over 6,000 metres into the 200 million year old rock, is being carried out by Italian company Saipem S.p.a. This is the closest Malta has ever got to striking oil.