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Examples of our performance in action throughout the year
A worker walks across the Khazzan major project in Oman

Growing gas in Oman

BP successfully brought the Khazzan major project into production in 2017, and since then we’ve continued to build successful partnerships and reinforce our commitment to the country.

 

Exploration opportunity

Together with Eni, we signed an exploration and production-sharing agreement for Block 77 in central Oman with the Ministry of Oil and Gas of the Sultanate of Oman.

  • The block covers a total area of more than 2,700 square kilometres.
  • It is located 30 kilometres east of Block 61, where the Khazzan gas field is already producing around 1 billion cubic feet of gas a day.
  • BP and Eni will each hold a 50% interest, subject to royal decree, with Eni acting as operator during exploration.

 

Khazzan phase two

Ghazeer, the second development phase of the gas field is expected to come online in 2021.

 

Advantaged gas

We used expertise and technology from our US onshore business to help access tight gas locked in the Khazzan field and bring it commercially to market.

 

Detecting methane

We installed and tested continuous measurement of methane emissions at Khazzan. The technology uses instruments such as a gas cloud imaging camera to continuously monitor our facilities, quickly identify new leaks and reduce time taken to respond. We now aim to install methane measurement at all our existing major oil and gas processing sites by 2023.  

A Didi vehicle charging point in China

Electrifying China

 

BP has joined forces with DiDi, the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, to build an electric vehicle (EV) charging network in China.

 

Why it matters

China is the largest and fastest-developing EV market.

  • 50% of the world’s EVs are in China
  • DiDi offers a full range of app-based services including ride-hailing and car sharing.
  • The platform has 550 million users, tens of millions of drivers and serves around 1 million EVs.

What’s involved

The joint venture plans to develop high-quality EV charging hubs for DiDi users and other drivers.

 

The partners intend to add loyalty, convenience and fleet services in the future.

 

Why we’re doing it

As the world’s largest EV market, China offers extraordinary opportunities to develop innovative new businesses at scale and we see this as the perfect partnership for such a fast-evolving environment. The lessons we learn here will help further expand BP’s advanced mobility business worldwide, helping drive the energy transition and develop solutions for a low carbon world.

 

And elsewhere

BP Chargemaster is powering around 1.5 million electric miles a week, making this the most-used public charging infrastructure operator in the UK. It has also begun rolling out 150kW ultra-fast chargers on BP forecourts across the UK with plans to build a national network of high-power charging – one which will closely replicate the current fuelling experience. This is helping to accelerate the adoption of EVs, by making EV charging fast, convenient and hassle-free.  

A man throws sustainable fish food created from gas by Calysta

Using gas to create sustainable fish food

BP Ventures has invested $30 million to help create new markets for our natural gas in the fish-farming industry.

 

What we’re doing

We’re extending the idea of gas as a source of energy beyond its conventional applications by working with California start-up, Calysta, to create Feedkind® – protein food for fish, livestock and pets.

 

Why it matters

Finding sustainable ways to feed a growing global population within planetary boundaries is a pressing issue and Calysta can be part of the solution:

  • Feedkind® is produced with fewer resources, such as water and land, than current alternatives.
  • Existing protein sources, including fishmeal and soya bean protein, are either at full capacity or connected to other issues such as deforestation.
  • The global aquaculture market is expected to grow by around 25% by 2025 and Feedkind® offers a way to support this increase sustainably.

 

How it works

Naturally occurring bacteria is fermented using methane from our gas as its energy source. The protein created is harvested, dried and sold in pellet form.

 

Why we’re doing it

The investment supports BP’s strategy of creating new markets in which gas can deliver a more sustainable future.  

A surveillance drone hovers a plant to monitor and manage methane

Managing methane

BP is introducing a programme of new and complementary technologies to continuously detect, measure and enable the reduction of methane emissions at our BP-operated upstream assets.

 

Why it matters

We believe natural gas can play an important role in tomorrow’s lower carbon energy system. It is abundant, affordable and has half the emissions of coal when burnt for power. But natural gas is mainly methane. And, if methane escapes into the atmosphere unburnt, it can be a potent greenhouse gas.

 

What we’re doing

We aim to install methane measurement, such as gas cloud imaging, at all BP’s major oil and gas processing sites by 2023 and then reduce methane intensity of our operations by 50%.

 

What else?

We’re also planning to deploy a new generation of drones, hand-held devices and multi-spectral flare combustion cameras – drawing upon scientific breakthroughs made in diverse fields, spanning healthcare, space exploration and defence.

 

Collaboration with stakeholders

We have agreed to work in collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund, a New York-based non-profit environmental advocacy group. The three-year commitment aims to advance technologies and practices to reduce methane emissions from the global oil and gas supply chain.