Louisiana is the staging ground for BP’s Gulf of Mexico operations.
From sunrise to sunset each day, the BP Gulf of Mexico Aviation Logistics heliport* in Houma safely and seamlessly choreographs the flights of nine helicopters moving about 500 people to and from 13 offshore facilities. To the east of Houma, BP’s logistics base at Port Fourchon supplies all of BP’s offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands of tons of important equipment and material are moved from the base using large supply boats to BP’s four platforms (Atlantis, Mad Dog, Na Kika and Thunder Horse) and a sizeable drilling rig fleet.* Near Baton Rouge, BP Lubricants USA’s Port Allen plant is a regional manufacturing and distribution center for Castrol-branded products. The site blends, packages and distributes motor oil and car care products for sale across the U.S. as well as exporting to markets in the Caribbean, South America, Canada and Mexico. The facility also makes proprietary additives for internal use and distributes these to several other Castrol sites around the world, including China. * Heliport and rigs are contracted.
Supporting the Economy
BP is the largest deepwater offshore investor in the Gulf and one of the largest contributors to Louisiana’s economy.
- 8,500 total Louisiana jobs supported
- $1 billion total BP spending with Louisiana vendors last year
- $10 billion investment planned in the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years
Supporting Louisiana Communities
To keep the industry strong and provide jobs for years to come, BP is making sure that better science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is available at every level in Louisiana. BP contributes directly to Parish School Boards, helping them expand science teaching, buy new computers and build mobile labs. At the university level, BP helps provide students with intensive laboratory instruction and mentoring in science. BP has given $4 million to Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma to build an integrated technologies facility that’s preparing tomorrow’s offshore engineers for high-tech, high-paying careers.
Across its six facilities in Louisiana, BP produces energy for America and jobs for Louisiana. In the state, BP supports more than 8,500 high-tech, high-paying jobs and BP works with 375 vendors. BP built its world-class learning center in Houma to help train and support offshore workers. BP operates a sizeable drilling rig fleet. Every time someone in the southeastern U.S. buys Castrol products, it bolsters jobs in Port Allen.
At Work in Houma, Louisiana
Keeping its offshore operations running all the time creates jobs onshore as well. The Houma-Terrebonne airport is home to the BP Gulf of Mexico Aviation Logistics Team, which keeps its 16 offshore facilities supplied with people and cargo 365 days a year. Every month 12,000 people travel through the Houma heliport on way to their jobs off the Louisiana’s shore.
Investing in Louisiana
Last year alone, BP spent $1 billion with hundreds of Louisiana companies. And BP is investing in Louisiana’s future as well. BP has donated $6.5 million to Louisiana schools and colleges since 2010. And over the next five years, BP plans to invest another $10 billion in its Gulf operations.
Gulf Coast Restoration
Nearly five years ago, BP made a commitment to help restore the Gulf’s environment and economy. Every day since, BP has been working hard to keep it. In Louisiana to date, the company has made about $4.4 billion in payments, including individual and business claims, tourism promotion and seafood testing and marketing programs. The results are encouraging. Based on NOAA data, commercial landings in the Gulf have generally been consistent with pre-spill ranges, and recreational fishing harvests have been above pre-spill levels. In 2013, New Orleans had 9.3 million visitors spent a record $6.5 billion. And Louisiana set a statewide tourism record itself with more than 27 million visitors.
‡ Vendor and tax and royalty paid figures for the year ended Dec. 31, 2013. BP employee figures as of June 30, 2014.
- BP’s Houma Operations Learning Center is a world-class facility that provides training and logistical support for offshore workers.
- BP has donated $6.5 million to Louisiana schools and colleges over the past four years.
- BP’s giving to Louisiana schools includes $4 million to Fletcher Technical Community College to build the BP Integrated Petroleum Technology Center, which will prepare and train the next generation of offshore oil and gas workers.