BP is one of Britain’s largest companies and one of the world’s largest oil and petrochemicals groups. During the company’s first 6 decades, its prime focus lay in the Middle East, but from the late 1960s the focus shifted westwards, towards the USA and Britain itself.
Today, BP is an international company, operating in over 70 countries. Its key strengths are in oil and gas exploration and production; the refining, marketing and supply of petroleum products; and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals. There are around 1300 BP service stations in the UK.
BP and the environment
As a major supplier of carbon based fuels, which are strongly linked to climate change, BP play a part in finding and implementing solutions to this environmental problem. BP continually operate an efficiency improvement programme aimed at lessening emissions. They also constantly develop ways to measure emissions from the products they develop and sell.
They support cleaner fuels with their sales of natural gas increasing and by offering BP Ultimate at around 1000 of their UK service stations. BP Ultimate burns more efficiently and cleans your engine as you drive, so is not only kinder to your car, offering better performance but also produces less harmful emissions and gives you more mpg.
BP also invests in energy from renewable sources like the sun, wind or water which produce no carbon emissions. This includes a solar farm near Merseburg in Germany – one of the largest in the world and a jointly owned 22.5 megawatt wind farm near Rotterdam in The Netherlands, both opened in 2004.
Deepwater Horizon Accident
It would be unfair to mention BP and the environment and not mention the Deepwater Horizon Accident in 2010. BP did have a rig in the Gulf of Mexico, but in April 2010 a catastrophe occurred at the rig; a sudden release of gas caused an explosion on the rig which resulted in the death of 11 oil rig workers and oil to be leaked into the ocean for 87 days. Wildlife was hugely impacted with birds and fish being engulfed in the oil. Livelihoods of commercial fishermen along the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast were also affected. Since the incident BP has spent over $17 billion compensating those affected and restoring the local environment. You can read more about the oil spill and what BP have done to repair the impact of the incident at www.BP.com website and also see what GreenPeace have done to help the affected wildlife.
BP’s Fuel Options
BP Ultimate Unleaded has a research octane level of 97. Standard unleaded petrol has a research octane level of 95. This, on average, gives increased power in certain vehicles.
According to BP, BP Ultimate can give, on average, a 7% improvement in power, a 5% improvement in acceleration and a 6% improvement in fuel economy, in comparison to Unleaded Regular 95 petrol.
In comparison to regular diesel, BP Ultimate Diesel can improve a vehicle’s power by up to 10%.