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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/178-05
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1912-1941
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 12 production units.
Name of creator(s): Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history:

The company was registered in 1910 as Bitter Creek Prospectors Limited, but did not do any business. In November 1910 the company name changed to Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields Limited, and it re-registered under this name in 1912 as an amalgamation of Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields Limited; Moreni (Roumania) Oilfields Limited; Central Roumanian Petroleum Company Limited; Bana Moreni Petroleum Company Limited; British Roumanian Oil Company Limited; and Roumanian Oilfields Limited.

In 1913 and 1914 respectively the company acquired Moreni Pipeline and Transport Company Limited and Roumanian Pipeline and Trading Company Limited. Refineries were built at Targoviste and Ploesti.

In November 1916 the wells, refineries, plant were destroyed to prevent them from falling into enemy hands, and claims for compensation were made to the British and Roumanian governments. Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields Limited regained possession of its properties in February 1919, but production was restricted because of the absence of export facilities. A new refinery was later erected at Ploesti. Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields Limited was taken over in 1922 by Phoenix Oil and Transport Company Limited. Until this time its registered office had been at 48 Cannon Street.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of Roumanian Consolidated Oilfields Limited comprise: memorandum and articles of association, 1912; papers regarding amalgamations with other companies, 1912-3; minutes of board meetings, 1912-41; directors' annual reports and accounts, 1912-38 and accounts for 1937; ledger, journal and cash book, 1918-39; reports on company property, 1912; accounts of destruction of company oilwells, 1917.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library together with those of Phoenix Oil and Transport Co and other subsidiaries by the Official Receiver in 1988. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

CLC/B/178-01: Phoenix Oil and Transport Company Limited;
CLC/B/178-02: Arbanash (Roumania) Oil Company;
CLC/B/178-03: Orion S.A.R. de Petrol;
CLC/B/178-04: Phoenix Oil Products Limited;
CLC/B/178-06: Unirea S.A.R. de Petrol.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January to May 2011.

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