Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) was established in 1929 and since then has played a key role in Bahrain’s development as a pioneering industrial force. Bahrain was the first country in the Arabian Gulf where oil was first discovered in 1932. Since then, Bapco has been at the forefront of training and developing local human resource — that is, preparing Bahrainis to meet the demands of the oil industry and emerge as globally competitive professionals. Bapco’s success has been shaped by the support of countless Bahrainis over the last 90 years in writing the company’s growth story. Originally owned by the Standard Oil Company of California, Bapco today, is wholly owned by the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Bapco as one of the anchor companies in the kingdom remains a key contributor to the GDP.