Petróleos del Perú S.A. (Petroperú) is a Peruvian state-owned petroleum company. Its activities include transport, refinery and commercialization of fuel and other oil derivatives. It was created on July 24, 1969, during the presidency of Juan Velasco Alvarado, using properties expropriated by Peru from local oil companies and the International Petroleum Company, a subsidiary of Esso Corporation. Those properties included the world's oldest giant oilfield, La Brea y Pariñas, first discovered in 1869 and eventually acquired by Esso. The original title to the property was granted by Simón Bolívar himself.[1] In 2013, it was informed that Petroperú was interested in buying all of the assets of Repsol in Peru.[2] However, this takeover did not occur.[3] Petroperú is responsible for the oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon in February 2016.[4]

Petróleos del Perú S.A.
IndustryOil and gas
PredecessorEmpresa Petrolera Fiscal
FoundedJuly 24, 1969 (1969-07-24)
OwnerState of Peru

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  1. ^ Country Assessment — Peru, ASPO Newsletter #45, Association for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas, Sept 2004.
  2. ^ "Merino: Gobierno está interesado en comprar grifos de Repsol".
  3. ^ "Petro-Perú decidió no comprar activos de Repsol tras "evaluación técnica"". 2013-05-02.
  4. ^ "Peru declares water quality emergency in oil spill-hit Amazon districts".

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