National Geographic : 1945 Oct
Arabian American Oil Co. Stretching Almost Out of Sight, a 20-inch Pipe Rolls Across Ras at Tannura's Sands inFront ofCrouching Arabs The Arabian American Oil Company, builder of this tank farm, controls a Texas-size concession in Saudi Arabia. Beneath itssandy wastes lies one ofthe world's largest oil reserves. The discovery well was brought in in 1938. A United States Government-financed pipeline to pump oilfrom the Persian Gulf tothe Mediterranean was abandoned in the planning stage. Private capital holds the project in reserve.