Asiatic Petroleum Company

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Asiatic Petroleum Company was a joint venture between the Shell and Royal Dutch oil companies founded in 1903. It operated in Asia in the early twentieth century.[1] The corporate headquarters were on The Bund in Shanghai, China. The division tested the limits of corporate liability in the Lennard's Carrying Co Ltd v Asiatic Petroleum Co Ltd case.

The company was involved in the early developments of Frank Whittle in the jet engine field, a Mr. I Lubbock of the company devising a suitable combustion chamber design, known as the 'Lubbock Burner' and used in the Power Jets WU and subsequent engines.[2][3]

In 1951, China requisitioned all property belonging to the company in retaliation for the Hong Kong Government's requisitioning of the tanker Yung Hao.[4]


  1. ^ "Shell History in China". Shell. Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
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  4. ^ "China grabs oil company". Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania. 1 May 1951. p. 6.