Our history

BP’s history is full of discoveries, starting in 1908 with oil found in a rugged part of Persia after a long and difficult search. Since then, discoveries large and small have fuelled our progress
Oil shooting up from an early oil field.

History of BP

The BP story, from first oil to tomorrow’s energies

Amoco fuelling crew at the New Orleans in 1958.

History of Amoco

From Standard Oil to world class oil.

An ARCO service station

History of ARCO

A west coast company with international ambition.

Innovation in the air: SOHIOS ''autogiro''

History of Sohio

Standard Ohio Oil lubricates the four - cylinder engine that keeps the Wright Brothers' plane aloft during the first flight.

Castrol poster celebrating another world - record breaking run by Malcolm Campbell in 1928

History of Castrol

An unlikely ingredient, an ideal lubricating blend.

An aral service station outside Aral headquarters in Bochum in the 1960s

History of Aral

A new fuel, Aral, is born in a test tube.