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HISTORICAL MILESTONES
1929    
BAPCO established by Standard Oil Company of California
1932    
First oil discovery in the Arabian Gulf
1934    
First shipment of crude oil
1936    
The Bahrain Refinery - with a capacity of 10,000 barrels per day - opened
1945    
A-B pipeline laid between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia; then the world’s longest commercial submarine pipeline
1948    
Discovery of natural gas
1968    
Bahrain Refinery expansion programme completed with 250,000 barrel-a-day capacity
1976    
Incorporation of the Bahrain National Oil Company (BANOCO)
1980    
Establishment of Supreme Council for Oil under the chairmanship of H.R.H Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the Prime Minister
1980     The Petroleum Marketing Unit is set up in the Ministry of Development & Industry with the aim of marketing the Government’s 60% share of products from the Bahrain Refinery

1981    
BAPCO reconstituted as a joint venture refining company owned 60% by the Bahrain Government and 40% by Caltex
1982    
BANOCO assumes full and direct responsibility for production of oil and gas from Bahrain field
1985    
Incorporation of Bahrain Aviation Fuel Company (BAFCO) in which BANOCO shares 60%, Caltex 27% and BP 13%
1992    
Inauguration of Dar An-Naft (oil meusum) in line with 60 years of oil discovery
1994    
The Bahrain Refinery awarded ISO 9002 Certification from British Standards Institution (BSi)
1997    
The Bahrain Government assumes 100% ownership of the Bahrain Refinery
1999    
The new BAPCO is formed following the merger between The Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C. and The Bahrain National Oil Company
2000     Start of petroleum​ products in-line blending and introduction of unleaded gasoline to the local market
2001    
Kerosene Merox units commissioned as part of the Refinery Modernisation Plan
2002    
Launch of new Bapco Strategic Direction
2004    
Contract signed to execute Low Sulphur Diesel Production Project
2005    
US$1.1 billion finance secured for investment programme
2007    
Start-up of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel Complex in line with 75 years of oil discovery
2009    
Bapco achieves EMS ISO 14001 certification
2010    
Incorporation of Tatweer Petroleum Company, to assume responsibility for the stewardship and redevelopment of the Bahrain Field
2011    
Inauguration of the US$430 million Lube Base Oil Plant (LBOP) The first shipment of Group III Very High Viscosity Index (VHVI) Lubricant Base Oils was exported.
2012    
Launch of Sadeem Fuel Card
2013    
Inauguration of Waste Water Treatment Plant at a cost of US$120 million ​

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