Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

1922

Petrofina's entrance in Congo

1964

Discovery of an oil field near Moanda

1968

Opening of Moanda Oil refinery

1989

Creation of PetroZaïre (Elf)

Since 1922

  • 1922, Petrofina enters downstream of Congo, a Belgian colony, to distribute oil products from its Rumanian productions. It acquires a stake in the Company of oil of Congo, then acquires a majority status.

  • 1930, Petrofina builds a unity of cracking in Kinshasa, and Congo supplies several countries of FEA (French Equatorial Africa). After the War, Petrofina installs a deposit in Elisabethville, today Lubumbashi, and allocates a ship to supply the country, the Purfina-Congo Ship. The company develops its sales.
Usine de Léopoldville (Kinshasa), remplissage des fûts
1937, Leopoldville factory (Kinshasa), filling barrels
  • 1961, Petrofina deposits of Kolwezi and Elisabethville are destroyed within the framework of the fight of the Katanga for the independence.

  • 1964, Petrofina is associated with the discovery of an oil field near Moanda, by the SOCOREP (Congolese Company of oil researchl) which received a vast licence in 1959.

  • 1968, Petrofina is associated with the start of the new refinery of Moanda, which handles for its account 150 tons of oil a year. 

  • 1982 and 1984, Petrofina acquires new stakes in concessions in the region of Moanda - Banana. 

  • 1990, the Belgian Company enters on a new licence on the Congolese side of Mobutu lake, today Albert lake.

  • 1989, Elf creates a distribution company, PetroZaïre. 

  • 1991, the country faces disorders, and gives up the name of Zaire to become Democratic Republic of the Congo.