BP in South Africa
With over 500 BP service stations nationwide, BP SA is one of the largest oil companies in the country
What we doBP SA focuses on refining and the marketing of fuels and lubricants. We process crude oil at the SAPREF refinery and manufacture lubricants at an oil blending plant located in the city of Durban. In addition to a national network of BP-branded service stations, we operate nine depots and three coastal installations and the largest rail gantry in Africa located in Pretoria with planned upgrades to key depots. The upgrades will help ensure security of supply in the areas BP operate in, distribution is safer and more efficient through shorter road deliveries to customers, optimized operations and improved road safety associated with shorter delivery routes. BP’s cutting-edge Fuels Technology Centre in Johannesburg further boosts the company’s ability to provide differentiated fuels in the South African market.
BP’s innovative convenience outlets provide a unique offering through BP Express, Wild Bean Café and Pick ‘n Pay Express. Wild Bean Café is so successful that it sells two million cups of coffee a year (the WBC global average is 100 cups per store per day). The BP South Africa Wild Bean Café brand is among the top three in terms of profitability for the international Wild Bean Café market.
BPSA and Pick n Pay (one of Africa’s largest and most consistently successful retailers of food, general merchandise and clothing) signed a formal agreement in April 2012 for 120 BP Express stores to be converted to Pick n Pay Express stores over the next five years. The roll-out will concentrate on BPSA service stations which are most suitably located for Pick n Pay’s customers and is aligned with BPSA’s growth and investment plans over the next few years.
Our people and partnersBP Southern Africa employs more than 1000 people. Our main centres of employment are Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
As well as co-owning the SAPREF refinery with Shell, through Masana Petroleum Solutions, BP has a 45% minority stake in a commercial and industrial fuels marketing business, alongside our black empowerment partners. Masana Petroleum Solutions is the first black-owned and managed energy company of its kind in South Africa.