- 1956 - 1965 (Creation)
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The AC/112 chronological series contains the records of the NATO Pipeline Committee. On 12 May 1954, the Council approved the establishment of a working group (C-R(54)21) tasked to study the proposals of the Permanent Group (SGM 234-54) for the supervision, operation and maintenance of the NATO POL Pipeline System. Pursuant to these instructions, this Working Group produced an initial report outlining the organization of the supervision, operation and maintenance of the POL system as a whole(1) (C-M(55)74). At its meeting on 18 July 1956, the Council decided (C-R(56)40) to set up the NATO Pipeline Committee, which was tasked, as provided for in documents C-M(55)74 and C-M(56)129, to act on its behalf, in close cooperation with NATO military authorities and other competent bodies (CEPO, CEOA, etc.), on all matters pertaining to the supervision, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure of pipelines of likely interest to NATO as a whole. The NATO Pipeline Committee, made up of representatives from each member nation, was to meet only as required. Its Chairman was appointed by the Secretary General.The Committee met for the first time on 16 August 1956 under the chairmanship of Mr. A. Moreau, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Production and Logistics. Its first task was to identify the main problems the Committee would need to resolve. It therefore focused initially on funding for the operation and maintenance of the System and on the status of personnel. At its third meeting on 5 November 1956, the Committee decided to set up a Working Group on damage, which would be responsible for looking into the problem of damage caused by the operation of the NATO Pipeline System and to submit proposals concerning financial arrangements and methods of settlement. By late 1965, the NATO Pipeline Committee had held 33 meetings. It still operates today under the name "NATO Petroleum Committee" (2).
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The records in the AC/112 series deal with the following subjects: general organization of the NATO Pipeline System; financial responsibility for its operation and maintenance; matters involving taxes and customs duties; linefills; pipeline safety; transportation and distribution of POL products in wartime; requests for civilian use of pipeline segments; terms and conditions of service; status of personnel, etc. Also contained in the series are the Committee's draft reports to the Council, as well as regional reports on the Central Europe system (Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany), as well as the Northern (Denmark and Norway) and South European Pipeline Systems (Turkey, Greece and Italy).
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The records in the AC/112 series are assembled by type - Note (N), Working Paper (WP), Document (D) and Record (R) - and then by number.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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The documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) See the series under reference AC/76.
(2) Title approved in March 2008 (C-M(2008)0019-AS1).
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