October 9, 1865
- Samuel Van Syckel laid first underground two-inch oil
pipeline with three relay pumps, 5.5 miles between wells, railroad between Oil Creek and Pithole, PA; carried eighty
barrels of oil an hour; teamsters turned out in fury, dug up,
cut pipe so that oil would be lost; armed guard
stationed to hold teamsters in check.
1869 - Thomas F. Rowland, of Greenpoint, NY, received a
patent for a "Rock Drill" ("Improved Submarine
Drilling-Apparatus"); offshore oil-drill rig.
- Solomon R. Dresser established
S.R. Dresser & Co. in Bradford, PA to sell the packer, device
designed to keep oil, water separated underground during
drilling operations; April 2, 1889
- received a patent for "Pipe-Coupling" ("...to provide means to
prevent pipes from pulling out of their connections when coupled
together"); prevented leakages from gas pipelines, facilitated
delivery of gas over long distances;
1927 - annual sales of $3.7 million, 400
employees; 1928 -
went public. renamed Dresser Industries;
1930s - diversified, acquired
manufacturers of valves, heaters, pumps, engines, compressors;
became major manufacturer of products used in production,
extraction of energy (oil derricks, blowers, drill bits,
refractories, drilling mud); 1982
- acquired International Hough, construction and mining
equipment division of International Harvester Co.;
1998 - merged with
Halliburton; April 10, 2001
- acquired by management, renamed Dresser Inc.
- Morris W. Kellogg established M. W. Kellogg Company,
small pipe fabrication business, in New York City; grew
to become world-class engineering firm; led to new
technologies that became foundation for petroleum
refining, petrochemical processing facilities;
acquired by Dresser Industries;
1998 - acquired by Halliburton
formed Kellogg Brown & Root (engineering, construction
Morris W. Kellogg
M. W. Kellogg Company
- Erle P. Halliburton established New Method Oil Well
Cementing Company in Oklahoma; December 1962 - acquired
Brown & Root, following Herman Brown's death.
1919 - George and
Herman Brown partnered with Dan Root (brother-in-law),
established Brown & Root, construction business; built roads in
Texas; 1937 - principal
source of campaign funds for Lyndon Johnson's initial run for
Congress in return for persuading Bureau of Reclamation to
change rules against paying for dam on land federal government
did not own; 1947
- built one of world's first offshore oil platforms;
December 1962 -
acquired by Halliburton; 1998
- merged with Kellogg engineering subsidiary of Dresser
Industries, formed Kellogg Brown & Root.
- Conrad and Marcel Schlumberger, their father founded Société de Prospection Electrique (later named Schlumber
- James L. Anderson and Robert S. Kerr formed Anderson &
Kerr Drilling Company in Ada, OK; 1937 - Dean A.
McGee joined company; 1946 - name changed to
Kerr-McGee; August 2006 - acquired by Andarko
Petroleum for $16.4 billion.
Big oil and gas mergers (global)
Shell Transport/Trading Royal Dutch Petroleum
Total Fina/Elf Aquitaine
Elf Aquitaine/Total Fina
Gaz de France/Suez
Kinder Morgan/Investor Group
Western Gas Resources Anadarko
* Withdrawn Data: Thomson Financial
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