Day of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Industry Date in the current year: September 4, 2016

Day of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Industry Day of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Industry is celebrated in many former Soviet republics on the first Sunday in September. It was originally established by the presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR in 1965, and after the collapse of the USSR some republics continued to observe this professional holiday.

The holiday was first established in 1965 as Day of Oil and Gas Industry to commemorate successful development of oil and gas potential of Western Siberia. In 1980, it was renamed to Day of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Industry. Due to the planned economy of the Soviet Union, it was celebrated even in the republics which did not have a developed oil and gas industry.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, some former Soviet republics abolished the holiday, some renamed it or moved to another date. However, a number of republics with well-developed oil and gas sector decided to preserve it.

Day of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Industry is officially observed in Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Moldova. Ukraine has a similar holiday, but it is celebrated a week later, on the second Sunday in September.

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