Recently an OPEC delegation led by Secretary General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo visited IndianOil’s AOD Digboi Refinery, which is the oldest operating refinery in the world. The OPEC delegation was given a guided tour of the Digboi Centenary Museum with a detailed brief about the incredible facts that led to the discovery of oil in the remote corner of India in the late 19th century.

“I am on a pilgrimage” remarked HE Dr. Barkindo as he stood awestruck to behold the Oil Discovery Well No. 1 where it all began. The delegates went around the refinery, which included pit-stops at the 1928 vintage Wax Moulding Shed and the historic “Still” used to treat crude oil.

When asked about his visit to Digboi, Dr. Barkindo said that Digboi was a name he had heard many times since his student days; and now “A dream is fulfilled finally as I have the distinct honour and privilege to visit the birth place of the oil industry that fuelled the current civilization and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. I congratulate the management of IndianOil, Digboi and the Government of India for preserving this prized history.”

After planting a sapling to mark his visit, Dr Barkindo added, “Contrary to some views, the Petroleum industry devotes its maximum priority, time and resources in the care and concern for the environment. I am extremely honoured on being able to participate in this meaningful action of tree plantation that too in this revered birth-place of oil.”

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