On the 20th November, 1890, A/S Vestlandske Petroleumskompagni (VPC) was established on the stock exchange by Conrad Mohr, A.C. Mohr, N.H. Brun and Christian Irgens. Representatives from Det Danske Petroleums Aktieselskap (DDPA) were also present at the meeting, serving as mediator for Standard Oil Co. (later Esso). According to the company’s own legislation, “the purpose of the company is to deal in petroleum and other similar oil products (…)”. By 1915 oil depots had been built in Skålevik, Stavanger, Karmøy, Ålesund, Kristiansund and Trondheim. During the First World War it became problematic that VPC had to mediate all import on petroleum products through DDPA, and the Norwegian government asked VPC to establish direct contact with Standard Oil Co. After a meeting in London on the 15th August , 1919, contact was established.
Representatives from Standard Oil Co., DDPA, VPC and ØPC decided that DDPA’s shares in VPC and ØPC should be transferred to Standard Oil Co. It was also decided that internally in Norway, VPC, ØPC, Vallø Oljeraffineri and Norsk-Amerikansk Petroleumscompani (Napco) should enter into an economic collaboration.
This collaboration proved weak on many counts, and it was decided in 1934 that ØPS should take over the ownership of the other three companies, but that they should remain as their own entities. Because of this change, the company became increasingly difficult to administrate. In order to ease administration, Napco was incorporated in VPC on the 1St January, 1949, ceasing to be a separate entity. ØPC and Vallø Oljeraffineri (which had changed its name to Norsk-Amerikansk Mineraloljecompagni [Namco]), did the same on the 1st January, 1951, when Namco entered ØPC, and ceased to be a separate company. Østlandske Petroleumscompagni was left as sole owner of Vestlandske Petroleumscompagni. In 1953, ØPC decided to change its name to Aksjeselskapets Norske Esso, and it was decided simultaneously that Norske Esso should acquire VPC’s assets and liabilities on the 1st January, 1954. Vestlandske Petroleumscompagni ceased to be a separate company.
This series contains general meeting- and board protocols. It also includes documents from general meetings in Norsk-Amerikansk Mineraloljecompani and Norsk-Amerikansk Petroleumscompani.