Infographic: History of Pipelines

Feb 9, 2016
Infographic: History of Pipelines

5000 B.C. :The use of pipelines dates back to ancient civilizations:
- Pipes made of clay or stone were widely used in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Rome
- Water supplies are known to have been piped over long distances in the Middle East
- Bamboo pipes started being used in China

In time, the discovery and use of petroleum created a new era in pipeline use. Oil pipelines have existed for over a century. Development has been closely related to the expansion of industry and the development of the automobile.

1861: The first crude oil pipeline was constructed of wood and laid down in the USA

1905: Crude oil pipelines carrying oil from the prolific fields in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas to the refineries in the East began to cross the country

1910: Standard Oil controlled over 80 % of the world’s refining and transportation. John D. Rockefeller was the most powerful man in the world

1920: Driven by the growth of the automobile industry, total US pipeline mileage grew to over 185,000 km

Today: Today, there are more than 3,500,000 km of pipelines around the world and much more under construction

Sources: Historical Development of the Pipeline as a Mode of Transportation by M.O Lawal Professor
History of Pipelines- http://www.pipeline101.com/the-history-of-pipelines

Daniela Quesada
Written by Daniela Quesada

I am the Lead Marketing Associate at Atmos International. I live in Costa Rica and I enjoy traveling and being outdoors.


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