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API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Our more than 600 members produce, process and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports more than ten million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of millions of Americans. API was formed in 1919 as a standards-setting organization. In our first 100 years, API has developed more than 700 standards to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability.





We speak for the oil and natural gas industry to the public, Congress and the Executive Branch, state governments and the media. We negotiate with regulatory agencies, represent the industry in legal proceedings, participate in coalitions and work in partnership with other associations to achieve our members’ public policy goals.


The natural gas and oil industry is unified in our commitment to accelerating safety and environmental progress across its operations, while meeting global demand for affordable, reliable and cleaner energy. Meeting this demand requires safe and responsible production, transportation, refining and exports. Under API Energy Excellence, API members commit to accelerating safety and environmental progress by adhering to13 core elementsthat serve to continuously improve our performance as an industry. API members apply these elements to safeguard our employees, environment and the communities in which they operate.

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For more than 90 years, API has led the development of petroleum, natural gas and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. These represent the industry’s collective wisdom on everything from drill bits to environmental protection and embrace proven, sound engineering and operating practices and safe, interchangeable equipment and materials. API maintains more than 700 standards and recommended practices. Many have been incorporated into state and federal regulations and they are also the most widely cited standards by the international regulatory community.


Each day, the oil and natural gas industry depends on equipment to produce, refine and distribute its products. The equipment used is some of the most technologically advanced available in the search for oil and gas and allows the industry to operate in an environmentally safe manner. Designed for manufacturers of production, drilling, and refinery equipment, the API Monogram Program verifies that manufacturers are operating in compliance with industry standards. API also provides quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems certification through APIQR. This service is accredited by the ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Let APIQR’s industry expertise certify your organization to API Spec Q1, OHS 18001.

API also certifies inspectors of industry equipment through our Individual Certification Programs, designed to recognize working professionals who are knowledgeable of industry inspection codes and are performing their jobs in accordance with those codes. Through our Witnessing Programs, API provides knowledgeable and experienced witnesses to observe critical material and equipment testing and verification. API’s Training Provider Certification Program provides third-party certification for a variety of oil and gas industry training courses, further ensuring that any training provided meets industry needs.

In helping to improve industry safety, API has a way for service station owners to make sure their contractors have been trained to industry safety standards. API WorkSafe™ is a service station contractor safety qualification program that identifies personnel who have received training for and passed on-line standardized exams covering the latest service station industry safety practices.





We are the problem-solvers who tackle the world’s greatest energy challenges—meeting growing demand, fueling economic growth and creating a better tomorrow.

To fulfill this responsibility, our members uphold the following principles:

  1. 推进安全和负责的美国石油和天然气生产,运输,炼油,营销和使用,并引领世界满足不断增长的需求,可靠,可靠,更清晰的能量。
  2. Continually reduce environmental impacts and improve the health and safety of our employees, operations and communities.
  3. 承诺通过应用API的标准,实施劳动力培训计划并参加绩效举措,提高整个行业的诚信。
  4. 促进自由市场和自由贸易的角落tone of our industry’s efforts to compete and innovate to address current and future energy needs.
  5. 支持基于风险,经济高效的政府监管和其他政策,这些政策解决了行业的关键挑战,并设定了促进美国创新,投资和国际竞争力的行业范围标准。
  6. 承诺招聘,培训和开发一种高技能和多样的劳动力。

  7. To advance our members’ goals, API:

  8. Commits to be transparent and accountable to members, customers and employees regarding how decisions are made, priorities are set and performance is assessed.
  9. 在满足近期挑战时强调敏捷性和响应能力,同时追求我们行业的长期价值创造和竞争力,由科学,数据和分析支持。
  10. Maintains a safe, inclusive work environment that is enriched by diversity and values open communication, hard work, respect and adherence to the highest ethical standards.
  11. 与其他组织合作,适当地利用各个优势,并为天然气和石油工业推动最佳成果。

Our Origins

The American Petroleum Institute traces its beginning to World War I, when Congress and the domestic natural gas and oil industry worked together to help the war effort.

At the time, the industry included the companies created in 1911 after the court-imposed dissolution of Standard Oil and the "independents", companies that had been "independent" of Standard Oil. They had no experience working together, but they agreed to work with the government to ensure that vital petroleum supplies were rapidly and efficiently deployed to the armed forces.

国家石油战争委员会, which oversaw this effort, was initially formed under the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and subsequently as a quasi-governmental body.





  • to afford a means of cooperation with the government in all matters of national concern
  • to foster foreign and domestic trade in American petroleum products
  • to promote in general the interests of the petroleum industry in all its branches
  • 促进其成员的相互改进以及与天然气和石油工业有关的艺术与科学的研究

Modern Origins


API是唯一的国家贸易协会representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans. In one generation, the United States has gone from steadily growing energy dependency to a nation that’s largely in control of its energy destiny. Natural gas and oil now drive the U.S. and world economies, and energy analysts project they will continue in that leading role for decades to come. This industry is changing our country’s narrative and altering its trajectory in historic terms, supplying the foundation for modern life and providing the fuel, power and products that make everyday life safer, healthier and more comfortable.

America’s natural gas and oil industry not only creates jobs, but also lifts entire communities, revitalizes manufacturing, strengthens U.S. security and develops the technology of the future; all while leading the charge in solving complex challenges.

That’s why the United States leads the world in both producing natural gas and oil, and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The old paradigm of energy and economic growth interlocked with increased emissions has been replaced. Today, growth and decreased emissions have occurred together. U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have plunged to their lowest level in a generation, while CO2自1990年以来,全球的排放量升起了50%。

This is where we are today. We are freer and more secure as a nation, able to plan for an optimistic future and global leadership because of abundant, secure domestic natural gas and oil.

While 2019 marks 100 years of the American Petroleum Institute and all that it offers to its member companies, what this milestone truly represents is 100 years of American energy innovation and achievement.

The U.S. energy industry has always been at the forefront of powering positive change – from supporting the war effort in World War I to the energy revolution that has made the United States the world’s leading producer, refiner and exporter of natural gas and the number one reducer of emissions.

Energy means everything to everyone. The natural gas and oil industry provides reliable and affordable energy to U.S. consumers, supports the creation of new technologies that we use every day, develops cleaner fuels, and exports energy that lifts developing communities out of poverty.

America’s natural gas and oil industry contributes to U.S. economic and energy leadership – supporting 10.3 million jobs, providing affordable energy to American families and businesses, strengthening U.S. national security, and establishing global best practices for safety and environmental stewardship.

Energy is the key to improving health, security and opportunity for millions. And the United States is the world leader in meeting demand growth safely and cleanly both here and abroad. As we honor a century of industry-driven progress, we also look ahead to a future made safer, brighter and more prosperous for communities around the world by continued energy innovation.

Here’s to the next 100 years of energy leadership.

  • American Petroleum Instituteis founded

    API offices were established in New York City, and the organization focused its efforts in several specific areas: advocacy, industry statistics, equipment standardization and taxation.

  • API develops authoritative program of industry statistics.

    As early as 1920, API began to issue weekly statistics beginning with crude oil production. The report, which was shared with both the government and the press, was later expanded to include crude oil and product stocks, refinery runs and other data.

    API statistics留在全球范围内最可靠的行业数据来源之一。

  • API publishes first industry-wide standards for oil field equipment.


    Today, API maintainsnearly 700 standards推荐的措施涵盖天然气和石油工业的所有部分,促进使用安全,可互换的设备和经过验证和合理的工程实践。

  • First API Monogram license issued.

    The first edition of API Standard 5L for the manufacture of line pipe was developed in 1927, with the first license issued in 1928. The first edition of the standard listed pipe sizes, minimum tensile and chemical content requirements, sampling rates, internal pressure tests, thread configurations, identifying marks to be stamped on each pipe, and a list of approved manufacturers who were to be licensed to "monogram" pipe as API Line Pipe. Subsequent editions of the standard as well as supplements are still published periodically to reflect changes and technological advances, with the latest edition – the 46th- 2018年发布。多年来,API standard已经获得了全球验收。

  • First oil discovery using reflection seismography.

    After successful tests in the early 1920s,reflection seismic technologywas first used to find oil on December 4, 1928. The Petroleum Corporation drilled a well into the Viola limestone formation near Seminole, Oklahoma. It was the world’s first oil discovery in a geological structure that had been identified by reflection survey. Other discoveries soon followed as the technology revealed dozens of mid-continent oilfields.

  • 发现催化饼干在精炼方面带来了新的进展。

    In 1937, chemists discovered a new advance in refining, thecatalytic cracker。Employing a variety of new approaches, the catalytic cracker substantially increased the quality and yield of gasoline from each barrel of crude oil. The advancement provided the higher quality fuels needed to meet the increasingly specific requirements of new automotive engines.

  • 石油发现in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

    Saudi Arabian oil was first discovered by the Americans in commercial quantities in 1938 at Dammam Oil Well No. 7 – a site named after a nearby village – in what is now Dhahran.

  • Petroleum surpasses coal in U.S. energy supply for first time.

    Due to the tremendous increase in natural gas and oil consumption after World War II, petroleum supplied more of our nation’s energy than coal for the first time in 1946. By 1950, natural gas and oil were supplying57.8 percentof U.S. energy requirements.

  • 第一个离岸油很好地看不见了土地。

    现代近海天然气和石油工业is bornon November 14, 1947, when an exploratory well strikes oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the first successful offshore oil well out of sight of land.

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  • 第一次商业应用水力压裂


  • World’s first LNG tanker arrives in England from Louisiana.

    On February 20, 1959, after a three-week voyage, the Methane Pioneer – the world’s first liquefied natural gas tanker – safely到来在世界上英格兰罐头岛的第一届LNG终端,来自路易斯安那州湖,启动商业LNG运输。

  • 石油出口国的组织(欧佩克)founded.

    石油出口国的组织(欧佩克)was foundedin Baghdad, Iraq, with the signing of an agreement in September 1960 by five countries – Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

  • 三维地震技术开发。

    The development of 3-D seismic technology completely changes the way the industry searches for natural gas and oil resources. Coupled with the use of parallel computers in seismic imaging, 3-D seismic imaging has sharply reduced exploration costs since the 1980s while increasing accuracy.

  • Kerosene fuels Saturn V rocket that carries Apollo 11 to the moon.

    A 19th世纪石油产品 -煤油– made petroleum history when it fueled the first stage of the Saturn V rocket that carries Apollo 11 to the moon, where astronaut Neil Armstrong announced on July 20, 1969, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

  • 欧佩克外国石油的禁运出货单ted States.

    1973年,美国对外国石油的依赖 - 以及它所创造的危险 - 当石油出口国(欧佩克)的组织决定将石油发货到美国,造成短缺和提高能源成本时,明确了它的危险 - 是清楚的。

  • Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 bans exports of crude oil.

    Following the OAPEC embargo, Congress passed the EPCA in December of 1975 in an attempt to stifle the impact of future oil embargos by foreign oil producing countries. The law required the president to ban crude oil exports, with a few exceptions. While oil imports dropped after the enactment of EPCA, they rose again a decade later.

  • 4-D seismic imaging emerges.

    By 1995, 75% of U.S. onshore surveys use 3-D seismic imaging. The same year brought the emergence of 4-D seismic technology – the comparison of 3-D seismic surveys over time. Time-lapse seismic reservoir monitoring greatly increases the ability to image fluid movement between wells, improves the quality of reservoir characterization, identifies movement of fluid interfaces and helps operators locate bypassed reserves.

  • 首先应用现代压裂。

    1997年,米切尔能源执行了第一个光滑钢板。This method substantially lowered the cost of hydraulically fracturing wells, leading to a boom in North American oil and gas production. Over the next ten years this technique was perfected and coupled with advancements in horizontal drilling. The resulting production, combined with the global economic slowdown at that time, led to an 85 percent drop in domestic natural gas prices – from over $13.00 per mmBtu in 2008 to under $2.00 in 2012.

  • Dawn of the U.S. shale energy revolution.

    The marriage of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling broughtdramatic changes在美国石油和天然气市场的发展轨迹。From 2005, U.S. natural gas production rose for 10 straight years. The previous production record set in 1973 was obliterated as production grew 50 percent from 2005 to 2015 to reach 27 trillion cubic feet. In the process, the U.S. became the world’s largest natural gas producer.

  • U.S. oil production increases at record pace.


  • 国会提升了40年禁止石油出口。

    由于美国页岩革命以及产生天然气和石油生产的迅速增加,1975年的能源政策和保护法(EPCA) - 并禁止原油出口 - 不必要。2015年底,国会fully liberalized exportsof all grades of U.S. crude oil, removing obstacles to market-based flows and pricing.

  • API turns 100.