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Mission, Values and Principles


The WPC is the only organisation representing the global oil and gas community. The Council's core value and purpose centres on sustaining and improving the lives of people around the world, through:

enhanced understanding of issues and challenges. networking opportunities in a global forum. co-operation (partnerships) with other organisations an opportunity to showcase the industry and demonstrate best practise. information dissemination via congresses, reports, regional meetings and workshops. initiatives for educating young people on energy matters. awareness of environmental issues, conservation of energy and sustainable solutions Values

The WPC values strongly:

Respect for individuals and cultures world wide Unbiased and objective views Integrity Transparency Good governance A positive perception of energy from petroleum Science and technology The views of all stakeholders And the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of all Principles

The WPC seeks to be identified with its mission and flexible enough so that it can embrace change and adapt to it. The WPC has to be:

pro-active and responsive to changes and not merely led by them creative and visionary, so that we add value for all challenging, so that our goals require effort to attain but are realistic and achievable focused, so that our goals are clear and transparent understandable to all Key Strategic Areas

World Class Congress to deliver a quality, premier world class oil and gas congress

Inter Congress Activities to organise fora for cooperation and other activities on specific topics and to organise regional events of relevance to WPC members and all stakeholders

Co-operation eith other stakeholders to add value by cooperating with other organisations to seek synergies and promote best practice.

Communication to increase awareness, of WPC's activities, through enhanced communication, both internally and externally.

Global Representation to attract and retain worldwide involvement in WPC.

Youth (and Gender) Engagement to increase the participation of young people and women in oil and gas issues, including the establishment of a dedicated Youth Committee for the development of active networking opportunities with young people.

Legacy to create a central WPC legacy fund to benefit communities and individuals around the world based on WPC's mission


The Council is the governing body of the World Petroleum Council which convenes once a year. Its global membership elects the President and an Executive Committee every three years to develop and execute its strategy. The Council also selects the host country for the next World Petroleum Congress from the candidate countries. To ensure the scientific and topical quality of the event the Council elects a Congress Programme Committee whose members are responsible for delivering the high-level content for its Congresses.

The Secretariat of the World Petroleum Council is based in London, under the leaderhsip of the Director General and his dedicated team.


Make a list of the jobs involved in finding and getting oil from under the ground to the petrol and diesel fuel at the filling station pumps.

Don't forget to include exploration, drilling, refining, transporting, selling and all the supporting jobs.


Thousands of people are employed to make sure all these useful products get to the millions of people in Britain and overseas who wat to buy them everyday.

Many thousands of people are employed in Britain's oil and gas industry. Many of these work to get petrol and diesel fuel to where it is wanted - Britain's 10,000 filling stations - for motorists, lorrydrivers, taxis and buses.


In an oil refinery and in a chemical works, crude oil and gas are turned into hundreds of useful products.


Liquids from refining oil still have to be changed to make them more useful. Sometimes it's to make them clean enough to be used. Sometimes it's to turn some of the unwanted liquids into things people want to buy.

The heavier liquids are in less demand from customers so are turned into lighter products that are in demand. One of the processes is called catalytic cracking. It breaks down some of the heavy liquids from the distillation column.

The heavy liquids are changed into simple and more useful liquids and gases. Cracking is just one of many chemical changes in an oil refinery.


Crude oil is often a dark, sticky liquid that cannot be used without changing it. The first part of refining crude oil is to heat it until it boils. The boiling liquid is separated into different liquids and gases in a distillation column. These liquids are used to make petrol, paraffin, diesel fuel etc.

Crude oil is a mixture of different chemical called hydrocarbons. The boiling oil turns into a mixture of gases in the column. The gases flow up the column which is hottest at the bottom and cooler at the top. The gases cool down as they go up the column until they condense (turn back into liquid again). The separated liquids and gases, after cleaning and further processing, are used to make many products.


How are oil and gas transported?

Oil and gas are often found far away or under the sea. They have to be transported to an oil refinery. This is often through a pipeline or in a tanker.

The crude oil is often found in remote places such as deserts, jungle or the Arctic. Transport of the crude oil to the refinery is sometimes very complicated. The oil refinery turns crude oil into useful products and materials. These are transported all over Britain or abroad. The products can travel through pipelines, by road, rail or by boats around the coast or along rivers and canals.


Which rocks are porous and could make good reservoir rock? Plan an investigation to find out which rocks are most porous. Can you find out how the people who search for oil discover oil traps deep beneath the land and sea bed?