Romania – host of the International Petroleum Congress – Bucharest 1907


Romania – host of the International Petroleum Congress – Bucharest 1907

On June 13, 1905, the second International Oil Congress was held in Liège. Although previously nominated for such a show, Romania was ready to accept the organization of the 1907 edition. Thus, a special government delegation and an impressive number of industrialists are moving to Liège, and a special pavilion is reserved to Romania.

Here’s what the reporter said on the spot: “The international exhibition in Liège has acquired a new opportunity for Romania to achieve success in the oil industry. Of all the oil producing countries in the world, Romania alone had a special oil pavilion and it was and is being researched with great interest by all the international visitors of the Exhibition. At the last session of the Congress, it was unanimous decision that the next Oil Congress would take place in Bucharest. ”

Preparations begin in September 1906, the specialty magazine “Oil Monitor” making monthly referrals to program, guests, themes, etc. In May 1907, the Central Committee of France of the International Oil Congress in Bucharest designated its representatives and themes to be presented. Shortly received in the Romanian Academy and electing the president in May 1907, Anghel Saligny, general inspector at the General Directorate of Ports and Water Communications, was given the task of being president of Congress. For the expenses necessary for the event, the government allocated 150,000 lei, except for the means of transport by rail.

Representatives from Germany, Austria, Belgium, USA, France, England, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Sweden are on the organizing committee.

In the preface of the works, a trip is organized on the route Băicoi – Ţintea – Buştenari – Călinet, Câmpina – Poiana – Witch – Gura Drăgănesei – Moreni. “Mister. David Day, the government delegate and US ministry chief, in the toast at the lunch that “Romanian Steaua” offered to Campina, expressed with satisfaction that none of his Standard Oil plants in America saw busy as many scientists have seen in the factories of Aurora and Steaua Română, and that he has never seen such a method and skill in works as here in Romania “(Monitorul Petrolului, 8, volume 8, No. 30, sept 1907, p. 777).

The official opening of Congress and all the debates took place under the dome of the Romanian Athenaeum. Five Romanian ministers, under the scepter of authority of D.A. Sturdza, President of the Council, honored the works of the great forum. Congress has adopted the unification of methods of measuring and weighting of petroleum derivatives.

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