History of BP

Our 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 (and sometimes just in the nick of time) have fuelled our progress. Where did they find the energy? Perhaps we should start at the beginning
BP founder William D Arcy

1901-1908

An uncertain beginning

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An early geologist

1909-1924

From struggle to success

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A man guarding a pipeline

1925-1945

Progress amid turmoil

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Vehicles in a traffic jam

1946-1970

Big changes, new prospects

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BP’s Magnus platform, North Sea

1971-1999

Finding a new momentum

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