The idea of creating a common platform for all petroleum geologists of the country was mooted in 1998 during an informal discussion with the Vice Chairman, AAPG International liaison committee. Shri Y.B. Sihna Director (E), ONGC, other eminent geologists and host of younger colleagues took up the daunting task to bring all the petroleum geologists of the country together. The Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG) was formed with the objectives of advancement of the science of Petroleum Geology and Promotion of technology in exploration for finding and producing these materials in economically and environmentally sound manners. It is registered under the registration no.63 (section 21,1860) on 19th May 2000 and affiliated with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), USA.

The association has its regional chapters at Vadodara, Mumbai, Jorhat and Chennai besides the Student Chapters in IIT, Roorkee, Kurushetra, BHU, and Dehradun.

Association had its First Conference & Exhibition on “Strategic Challenges and Paradigm Shift in Hydrocarbon Exploration with Special Reference to Frontier Basins” on September 28-29th, 2002 at Mussoorie, India. Two Pre-Conference training courses on Sequence Stratigraphy & Reservoir Characterization were also organized.

The Regional Chapters conducted one-day seminar at Jorhat, Vadodara and Mumbai. Association has also organized field workshops in South Gujarat, Spiti –Kaza, and Mussoorie- Dhanaulti areas.