A look back at a remarkable history powered by determination and dedication.
From its early days of exploration in the 1930s, Aramco has forged a reputation for resilience and strength over the past nine decades. In many ways, Aramco’s story is just beginning, powered by innovation, determination, and dedication to a common goal.
1933 — Oil concession agreement signed
1937 — Max Steineke traversed the Arabian Peninsula in his search for oil.
1938 — Persistence pays off as eventually, commercial quantities of oil are found at the Discovery Well, Dammam Well No. 7.
1939 — The first tanker of exportable petroleum prepares to set sail with King Abdulaziz present.
1948 — Discovery of Ghawar, the world's largest oil field.
1948 — Construction begins on Tapline, Aramco's 1,700 kilometer long pipeline from Abqaiq to Sidon, Lebanon. The goal was to speed up the flow of oil to European markets to aid in the post-war reconstruction.
1951 — The world's largest offshore oil field, Safaniyah, is discovered.
Aramco begins broadcasting the first Arabic station in the Kingdom.
Two Saudis are appointed to the Aramco Board of Directors for the first time.
1963 — Company's first environmental policy is established, pioneering an environmental movement ahead of its time.
1964 — College of Petroleum and Minerals opens.
Discovery of Shaybah
1975 — Master Gas System is launched.
1980 — The Saudi government concludes the purchase of Aramco.
1988 — Creation of Star Enterprises, our first international venture.
1997 — The POWERS technology is developed.
2009 — Petro Rabigh, our first petrochemical plant, begins production.
2013 — Aramco launches the Manila projects
2015 — The company's In-Kingtom Total Value Add (iktva) program is launched.
2016 — King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud inaugurates the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, more commonly known as Ithra.
2019 — Aramco becomes a public company, with shares listed on the Tadawul.
2022 — Aramco publishes its inaugural Sustainability Report.
— The Arabian Sun: May 29, 2023