Klamono (131.473E 1.132S) was the location of an oil field in the Vogelkop Peninsula of western New Guinea. Though discovered prior to war breaking out, it was still largely undeveloped. Estimates at the time were that the oil reservoir was one of the largest in the Netherlands East Indies and would produce one of the lightest crude oil known, rich in the valuable volatile fractions such as gasoline.

The Allies made plans to seize and develop the field in 1944, going as far as organizing the 5000-man Engineer Petroleum Production Depot in California. It was estimated that, with proper development, the field could produce as much as 25,000 barrels of crude oil per day. However, these plans were dropped when in became clear that it would require fewer resources to continue shipping oil from California to the Southwest Pacific than to develop the field.


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