The use of pipelines dates back to ancient civilizations:

5000 B.C.

  • 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. The development has been closely related to the expansion of industry and the development of the automobile.


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


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


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


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


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-

Categories: Industry news

By: Atmos International
Date: 17 April 2019