Our operating management system (OMS) brings together BP requirements on health, safety, security, the environment, social responsibility and operational reliability – as well as related issues, such as maintenance, contractor relations and organizational learning – into a common management system.
Our OMS helps us improve the quality of our activities by setting a common framework that our operations must work to. All businesses covered by our OMS undertake an annual performance improvement cycle and assess alignment with the applicable requirements of the OMS framework.
Any variations in the application of our OMS, in order to meet local regulations or circumstances, are subject to a governance process.
We seek to assess the potential impacts of severe weather events and a changing climate– such as heatwaves, extreme precipitation, drought, storms and rising sea levels – on our new projects from the design stage.
In Mauritania and Senegal, where we are developing an offshore liquefied natural gas facility, we are using climate models to assess potential vulnerability to possible increasing air temperature, seawater temperature and precipitation.
Our operations and projects can draw on guidance, including in-house expertise, to help them manage potential risks from a changing climate. We are working with industry and academia to build enhanced tools and methods to help assess potential changes.
We’re also working with industry peers through the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP). We hosted an IOGP climate resilience conference in 2018 which brought together oil and gas operators and academics to discuss physical risks for the industry.
BP often partners with other companies in our business activities – sometimes we are the operator and sometimes our partner manages the operations.
We monitor performance and how risk is managed in our joint ventures, whether we are the operator or not. In joint ventures where we are the operator, our OMS, code of conduct and other policies apply. We aim to report on aspects of our business where we are the operator, as we directly manage the performance of these operations.
Where we are not the operator, our OMS is available as a reference point for BP businesses when engaging with operators and co-venturers. We have a group framework to assess and manage BP’s exposure related to safety, operational, and bribery and corruption risk from our participation in non-operated joint ventures. Where appropriate, we may seek to influence how risk is managed in these types of ventures.