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1940s

1948

Aramco Overseas is established as the “Aramco Purchasing Company”. Its first headquarters are in Rome, Italy with the primary function of providing procurement and technical services to Saudi Aramco’s operations in the Kingdom.

1950s

1950

Our name, still in use today, is changed to “Aramco Overseas Company”.

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1952

Our operations are moved to The Hague in The Netherlands, where Aramco Overseas officially registered on December 1, 1952 and where we stay for almost 30 years.

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1950

The 1,212 kilometer Trans-Arabian Pipeline (Tapline), is completed, making it the longest in the world. Tapline links eastern Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean Sea, sharply cutting the time and cost of exporting oil to Europe. Tapline remains in operation until 1983.

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1955

From headquarters in The Netherlands, we administer offices in Rome, London, Beirut, Cairo, Sydney and Tokyo.

1960s

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1961

Exporting of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) begins from Ras Tanura.

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1969

First offshore gas-oil separation plant (GOSP) goes on-stream 40 km from Safaniya in the Arabian Gulf.

1970s

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1970

From 1970 to 1975 our workforce quickly doubles. During this period a number of special Project Management Teams (PMT) are established in various European countries, as well as Brazil, South Korea, Japan and Singapore.

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1975

Saudi Aramco launches the Master Gas Project. This huge program creates significant work for our Engineering and Purchasing departments.

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1974

Ju'aymah offshore terminal opens 24 km northwest of Ras Tanura, with two single point mooring systems and an initial loading capacity of 1 million barrels of crude oil per day.

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1978

Qurayyah seawater treatment plant is completed. The world's largest, it supplies 4.2 million bpd of treated seawater replacing saline aquifer water for injection in the Ghawar field to maintain reservoir pressure.

1980s

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1981

Data processing begins at the EXPEC (Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center) Computer Center, one of the world's largest geoscience computing facilities.

1989

Originally Aramco Overseas was registered as a Delaware (USA) company. In 1989 it is transformed into a limited liability company (B.V.) under Dutch law, with a Managing Director, directed by a Board of Supervisory Directors based in Dhahran.

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1984

Aramco Overseas headquarters moves from The Hague to Leiden, consolidating operations previously scattered across five offices in The Hague.

1990s

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1992

Aramco Overseas purchases a 35 percent interest in a joint venture SsangYong Oil Refining Company (renamed S-Oil in 2000) in the Republic of Korea.

1996

We take on responsibility for the procurement and inspection activities in the Far East and Australia.

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1994

We become a shareholder in TEAM Terminal, a shipping and storage facility in The Netherlands.

2000s

2000

The company’s support to Saudi Aramco is expanded to include finance, law, human resources, recruitment and public relations services.

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2003

Milan office opened to manage inspection services across Italy.

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2005

We establish research and technology support services for Saudi Aramco and resume engineering activities.

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2008

Aramco Overseas opens an office in London’s iconic Centre Point building.

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2009

Our workforce reaches over 250 employees and moves into new headquarters in The Hague.

2002

Aramco Overseas celebrates its golden anniversary in The Netherlands.

2004

Acquisition of a joint venture interest in Showa Shell Sekiyu of Japan.

2006

We open an office in Paris to support our work with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

2008

Employees across Aramco Overseas offices celebrate the 75th anniversary of its parent company Saudi Aramco.

2010s

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2010

We open an office in New Delhi.

2012

Our diamond anniversary in The Netherlands.

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2012

Opening of our satellite research center in Delft. This is the first center of its kind set up outside of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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2013

Opening of two further satellite research centers in Aberdeen and Paris.

2013

Two patents are awarded to Aramco Overseas (together with co-inventors from Saudi Aramco and a French Company N-GHY) by the US Patent Office for “hydrogen generation through non catalytic reforming”.

2010

Aramco Overseas UK assumes responsibility for Saudi Aramco sponsored students studying in the UK & Europe.

2012

We transfer responsibilities of Tokyo, Shanghai and Korea offices to Aramco Asia.

2012

Our 2020 roadmap (AOC2020) is launched. This is our strategy for transforming Aramco Overseas from a purely service-based company to a proactive knowledge-based organization, focusing on strengths in energy, oil and gas across Europe.

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2013

Aramco Overseas UK moves to new offices in Portman Square, London.