Bahrain Refinery Caltex 1936

Bahrain Refinery Caltex 1936

The first oil well drilled in Bahrain 1932

The first oil well drilled in Bahrain 1932

History of bapco

After pioneering the discovery of oil in 1932 in the Arabian Peninsula, Bapco began exporting its products in 1934 before commencing refining activities in 1936. Not one to rest on its laurels, the Company played a leading role in shaping the modern Kingdom of Bahrain through its objective to generate wealth and foster the development of Bahrainis.

Wholly owned by the Government of Bahrain, Bapco is primarily engaged in refining, storage, production, marketing, training and development, and environmental initiatives in the Kingdom. The Company owns a 267,000 barrel-a-day refinery, with storage facilities for more than 14 million barrels, a marketing terminal and a marine terminal for its petroleum products. 95% of the Company’s refined products are exports with prime customers for crude oil and refined products based in the Middle East, India, the Far East, South East Asia and Africa.

Bapco is engaged in the production of high-quality liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), naphtha, gasoline, kerosene, aviation fuel, ultra low sulphur diesel, heavy lube distillate, fuel oil and asphalt. It is also involved with the supply of aviation fuel to the Bahrain International Airport and supplies natural gas to power-generating plants and other industries in the Kingdom.  

More than eight decades since its establishment, Bapco’s environment-centric strategy ensures that it spearheads new ambitions in exploration, and new initiatives in oil and gas field development as new global markets continue to open up, thus giving a bright future for not just its employees but for the economy and the people of Bahrain.


Culture AND Values

In an organization like Bapco where over 2,500 employees from over 37 countries work together in a variety of fields, supporting and learning from each other as they all work towards achieving the corporate goals of being, enterprising, trusted and committed. Without doubt, people form the heart of Bapco’s corporate ethos.

The Bapco culture is aligned with its overall vision and is embodied in its core mission, and value system. This is reflected in the kind of decisions we want our people to make, how we want them to treat each other and our customers, while maintaining a great emphasis on quality and ethics.

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As Bapco continues to grow, what has helped preserve our strong culture are our values which have shaped the working environment into a positive, supportive, and an enjoyable one. This is also evident in our policies, our practices, and interactions between employees, customers and our business partners.

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Career Development— “Learning is in our DNa”

Bapco believes in the power of ‘together’. Alone, one can only do so much, but together, we can accomplish feats that we did not even know were possible. At Bapco, we value what each team player brings to the table and are dedicated to create an atmosphere of growth where employees are able to advance within the organization.

We embrace fresh ideas from new recruits which together with our experienced  staff creates a competitive advantage to the Bapco family. A blend of leaders and mentors, listeners and challengers, veterans and innovators that together create an environment of positive learning and career development. 

Inspired by our culture and our values, Bapco promises a work environment founded on mutual respect and trust. We believe in our people, encourage our people and entrust our people; empowering them to make a positive impact on our products and the millions of lives it touches.