Bahrain Petroleum Company

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Bahrain Petroleum Company
State owned
Industry Oil and gas industry
Founded 1929 (1929) in Canada
1999 (1999)
Founder Standard Oil Company of California
Headquarters Awali, Bahrain
Key people
Adel Khalil Almoayyed (Acting CEO)
Owner Government of Bahrain

The Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) is an integrated national oil company of Bahrain.


Plaque commemorating the First Oil Well

The BAPCO was established in 1929 in Canada by Standard Oil Company of California for oil exploration activities in Bahrain.[1][2] It took over Bahrain's assets of Gulf Oil.[1] In 1930 it obtained the only oil concession in Bahrain.[3] On 31 May 1932, the company discovered the Awali oil field. In 1936 the Standard Oil Company of California signed an agreement with Texaco, which acquired a half of BAPCO's shares.[1]

In 1975 more than 60% BAPCO's shares was acquired by the Government of Bahrain. In 1980, all BAPCO's shares were taken over by the Government of Bahrain. In 1999 the current Bahrain Petroleum Company was created when the Bahrain National Oil Company, established in 1976, merged with BAPCO.[1][4]


BAPCO is an integrated oil company operating in the field of exploration, drilling, production, refining, and marketing. It operates the oil refinery which lies midway between the original BAPCO expat workers accomodation township of Awali and Sitra.[5]


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