First oil ///

In the course of 150-plus years, the oil and gas industry has emerged in its present form through the rise, and eventual assimilation of thousands of operators, service companies and equipment manufacturers. In many cases, an inkling of the evolution is evident in the names—ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Baker Hughes. In other cases, the assimilation is complete, requiring Googlogical excavations to discern the evolution of companies, such as BP, Schlumberger or Cameron.

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