When it began operations in 1950, it was the world’s largest oil pipeline system. It carried billions of barrels of crude oil 1,648 kilometers from Abqaiq on the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean port of Sidon in Lebanon, marking a pivotal moment for both the Kingdom and the legacy of Aramco.
But the Tapline was always much more than the sum of its physical parts – measured in tons of steel pipe, or the capacity of its oil. Its success was thanks to the dedication of an adventurous and resourceful team of engineers, mechanics, and technicians, drawn from all over the world.
Now, 31 years after it was decommissioned, it is to become the first officially-recognized industrial heritage site in Saudi Arabia, cementing its place in the history books.