BP welcomes retirees as it celebrates 50 years of operations in Hull

Date: 8 September 2017

BP Hull at Saltend celebrated 50 years of operations in Hull as it welcomed 170 past employees, each with 30 year’s service or more, on site for a celebratory event yesterday. 2017 is a special year for the site as it marks 50 years since BP Chemicals came to Hull in 1967

Over the last half-century, BP has invested in its acetic acid manufacturing plants and has been home to a new generation of chemical processes. Today, Hull hosts some of BP’s most innovative and cutting-edge operations. BP owns two acetyls plants, which are the largest producers of acetic acid in Europe, and hosts one of the company’s principal global research and technology centres for petrochemicals.

Treating the retirees, who have collectively served for more than 5,000 years at BP, to an afternoon tea. The event was hosted by site manager Victor Alvarado who originally hails from Chicago. He said,” It is a real honour to be hosting this event to mark fifty years of BP operations in Hull with people who have dedicated 30 years or more to the company. BP Hull is a very special place and I am grateful for the opportunity to say thanks to these individuals, all of whom have left a legacy of passion, commitment and achievement in my team today.”

The event also saw BP Hull unveil a specially commissioned legacy garden which includes the name of every employee or contractor who reaches 30 years of service on the Saltend site.

For more information on BP Hull, please visit bp.com.

Notes to editors

About BP Chemicals

BP Hull, at Saltend, manufactures acetic acid and acetic anhydride. Our acetyls products are key raw materials in food preservation and pharmaceuticals, as well as in Purified Terephthalic Acid for textiles, bottles, packaging and film products. Hull is also home to one of BP's main global research and technology centres.

As the first major corporate sponsor of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, BP was also one of the original private companies whose support helped the city win the bid. Over the past 50 years, BP has also supported the local community with a number of partnerships including the Humberside Police Lifestyle project for over 25 years, Humber Business Week, Hull Pride, Humber Street Sesh, C4DI and has raised more than £200,000 for local charities in the last eight years.

Further information

BP press office, London: +44 (0)20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com

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