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Our strategy is fit for now and fit for the future

Business model

The Downstream segment has global marketing and manufacturing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses.





Includes refineries, logistic networks and fuels marketing businesses, which together with global oil supply and trading activities, make up our integrated fuels value chains (FVCs). We sell refined petroleum products including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel, and have a significant presence in the convenience retail sector and a growing presence in the advanced mobility and low carbon sectors. 

Manufactures and markets lubricants and related products and services to the automotive, industrial, marine and energy markets globally. We add value through brand, technology and relationships, such as collaboration with original equipment manufacturing partners.

Manufactures and markets products that are produced using industry-leading proprietary BP technology, and are then used by others to make essential consumer products such as food packaging, textiles and building  materials. We also license our technologies to third parties.


We aim to run safe and reliable operations across all our businesses, supported by leading brands and technologies, to deliver high-quality products and services that meet our customers’ needs. Our strategy is to deliver underlying earnings growth and build competitively advantaged businesses. It is fit for now and fit for the future. The execution of our strategy in 2018 has continued to deliver, with underlying replacement cost profit growing to $7.6 billion in the year. 

94.9% refining availability
refining availability
Fuels marketing earnings
fuels marketing earnings growth versus prior year
1,400 convenience partnership sites
convenience partnership sites


In 2018 we have continued to demonstrate, through the execution of our strategy, that we have a competitively advantaged business. Our strategy is fit for now and fit for the future.
Tufan Erginbilgic chief executive, Downstream


Tufan Erginbilgic Chief executive, Downstream

Safe and reliable operations


This remains our core value and first priority and we continue to drive improvement in personal and process safety performance.


Advantaged manufacturing


We aim to have a competitively advantaged refining and petrochemicals portfolio underpinned by operational excellence and to grow earnings potential, making the businesses more resilient to margin volatility.


Profitable marketing growth


We invest in higher-returning fuels marketing and lubricants businesses with growth potential and reliable cash flows.


Simplification and efficiency


This remains central to what we do to support performance improvement and make our businesses even more competitive.


Transition to a lower carbon and digitally enabled future 


We are delivering and developing new products, offers and business models that support the transition to a lower carbon and digitally enabled future over the longer term.