World Petroleum Congresses

World Petroleum Congresses


The world petroleum congresses, which have been held since 1933, were preceded by three international petroleum congresses: Paris (1900), Liege, Belgium (1905), and Bucharest (1907). The First World Petroleum Congress took place in London (see Table 1); a resolution was passed to create a permanent council, whose charter was approved at the Second World Petroleum Congress. The main purpose of the permanent council is to facilitate the expansion of research in oil production and refining. The National Petroleum Committee of the USSR organizes the preparation of scientific reports and the participation of Soviet scientists and specialists in the work of the world petroleum congresses.

Table 1. World petroleum congresses
NumberPlaceYearNumber of participating countriesNumber of participantsNumber of reports
First ..........London1933231,250244
Second ..........Paris1937331,630392
Third ..........The Hague1951402,753289
Fourth ..........Rome1955453,250320
Fifth ..........New York1959535,329278
Sixth ..........Frankfurt am Main1963647,542263
Seventh ..........Mexico City1967654,844376
Eighth ..........Moscow1971585,069172


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