Working in Angola

Our world-class training and development will turn you into one of our technicians, engineers or leaders of the future

BP has invested more than $25 billion in its Angola assets and intends to invest a further $20 billion in exploration and development over the next 10 years.

Man and woman walking in safety gear in Angola

We continue to collaborate with the Angolan government in its commitment to progress and develop local companies and HR capabilities. Training and development of local staff, rigorous succession plans, coaching and knowledge transfer are enabling Angolans to build their competencies and take senior leadership positions in our business.

We have a robust portfolio in Angola that will potentially place us as the leading operating company in the country for much of the next decade. We are uniquely positioned in Angola deepwater with interests in the Congo, Kwanza and Benguela basins.

With safety and reliability as our priority, we are the operator of Blocks 18, 19, 24 and 31 and have interests in Blocks 15, 17, 20, 25 and 26. BP is also a partner in the ALNG project. Our current net production in Angola is around 200,000 barrels of oil per day, from the combined production of our non-operated assets in Blocks 15 and 17, the operated Greater Plutonio development in Block 18 and PSVM in block 31.

Three new projects came on stream in 2012, namely, the ALNG, Clochas Mavacola in Block 15 – and the PSVM development in Block 31.

PSVM consists of four oilfields –  Plutão, Saturno, Vénus and Marte – all discovered between 2002 and 2004 in water depths of up to 2,000 metres. It is the second BP-operated development in Angola. PSVM oil is produced through a floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) and is the first field in production from Angola’s ultra-deep water. 

Angola is home to a multi-ethnic and multicultural society. To find out more about living and working in Angola read our handbook.

Corporate and social responsibility

We are committed to the communities where we operate. In Angola, we support various educational projects, including strategic partnerships with universities, schools and local NGOs. This includes supporting various education programmes at all academic levels and promoting the development of local companies.

We also aid initiatives that promote a responsible behaviour towards the environment, social inclusion and poverty reduction. Projects include the Master’s degree in oil and gas law and supporting the engineering and sciences faculties of Agostinho Neto University. We also give support to various primary and secondary schools around the country, micro-credit projects, tree planting and environmental education projects, among others.

For more details, see our latest sustainability report.


We are applying the technical skills that have developed in similar deepwater basins around the world extensively in our operations in Angola.

We employ some 1,000 staff in Angola, of whom more than 70% are Angolan. With a strong foundation for long-term growth in Angola, we continue to recruit talented people and develop them in order to be the technicians, engineers and leaders of the future. You could play a key role in our future exploration and development success.

Rewards and benefits

We’ll make sure that you’re recognized and competitively rewarded for your performance. Your salary will take into consideration your skills, knowledge and experience and will be reviewed once a year.

In addition to salary, we offer a number of variable pay plans and share programmes. You’ll be entitled to the following allowances:

  • Year-end performance-related bonus (13th cheque).
  • Assistance to access a bank loan or finance repayments to purchase or construct a house.
  • Interest-free loan of up to three months’ salary, to a maximum value of $25,000.
  • Transportation allowance.
  • Vacation allowance.
  • Christmas allowance.
  • Lunch allowance.

Learning and development

We believe that our success in Angola is inherently linked to the development of our employees. That’s why we will invest heavily to help you develop your personal and professional skills in line with your interests and ambitions. You’ll have access to structured, world-class learning and development through a series of initiatives that we are taking in upstream. These include our innovative eXcellence programme, learning and development provided by our Global Wells Institute (GWI) and Global Projects Institute (GPI), plus our state-of-the-art upstream learning centre in Houston, Texas and Sunbury in the UK.

Additional courses, online learning and mentors will also ensure you continue along a flexible career path. Where possible, we will support you to gain qualifications relevant to your field. Our performance management process will set clear, achievable objectives for you and help you to track your progress in achieving them. 

Diversity and inclusion

We work as one team, bringing together people from a range of backgrounds whose different perspectives enrich our business. That’s why we value diversity and inclusion. Everyone at BP is treated fairly, with respect, and is encouraged to voice their opinion. Each member of the team knows what is expected of them and is given every opportunity to realize their potential in a pleasant, supportive and collaborative environment.

Our people

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Students and graduates

Students and graduates

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