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Our Heritage

Our story is inextricably linked to that of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. For generations, the ADNOC Group has made a positive and lasting contribution to the growth and development of our nation.

Our Heritage

Our Brand Journey

For generations, we have made a positive and lasting contribution to the growth and the development of our nation. We began as an upstream onshore and offshore operation in oil and gas and quickly expanded into a group of companies that is generating energy for life. We now operate downstream, unlock new gas resources, and are equipped with strong marketing, supply and trading capabilities, ultimately creating new economic opportunities for the UAE and its people.

Our journey began in 1935 when the first geological survey took place. In 1937, our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, led an expedition of 16 tribesmen to the south-west of Abu Dhabi, where his vision for the development of the UAE’s oil and gas resources was born. He steered us in the right path, foreseeing abundant possibilities that lay ahead of us if we harness the rich hydrocarbon resources effectively.

Our Heritage

Our Brand Journey

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History

Timeline of key historical events

1935

First Geological survey begins

Oil was first discovered in the United Arab Emirates in 1958, at the Murban Bab Oil Field, following an extensive 30-year search. The well, known as Murban-3, was completed in May 1960 and began producing crude oil at a rate of 3,674 barrels per day.

1939

First Concession signing

1958

First Oil discovery

1960

3,674 Barrels produced per day

1963

First crude tanker leaves Jebel Dhana port Ruwais

1971

UAE Founded & ADNOC Founded

1973

ADNOC Distribution is established ADNOC LNG is established

1977

Das Island Plant opens for production

1978

ADNOC Gas Processing is established

1980

ADNOC Fertilizers is established

1981

Ruwais Refinery is commissioned

1981

Abu Dhabi Supreme petroleum council established

1981

Habshan Complex is established

1998

Borouge is established

1999

ADNOC Refining is established

2007

ADNOC Industrial Gases is established

2012

500,000 barrels exported from Fujairah

2016

New ADNOC Headquarters opens

2017

ADNOC Group-wide brand introduced

1935

Oil was first discovered in the United Arab Emirates in 1958, at the Murban Bab Oil Field, following an extensive 30-year search. The well, known as Murban-3, was completed in May 1960 and began producing crude oil at a rate of 3,674 barrels per day.

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1958
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1960
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1963
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1971
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1973
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1977
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1978
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1980
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1981
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1981
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1981
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1998
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1999
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2007
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2012
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2016
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2017
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