We are building a safer business and growing our earnings potential with more still to come

Our business model and strategy

The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. It is the product and service-led arm of BP, made up of three businesses:
  • Fuels – includes refineries, logistic networks, fuels marketing and convenience retail businesses, together with global oil supply and trading activities that make up our integrated fuels value chains (FVCs). We sell refined petroleum products including gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel.
  • Lubricants – manufactures and markets lubricants and related products and services globally, adding value through brand, technology and relationships, such as collaboration with original equipment manufacturing partners.
  • Petrochemicals – manufactures, sells and distributes products, that are produced mainly using proprietary BP technology, and are then used by others to make essential consumer products such as paint, plastic bottles and textiles. 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 focuses on a quality portfolio that aims to lead the industry, as measured by net income per barrel, with improving returns and growing operating cash flow.

Our strategic priorities are:

  • Safe and reliable operations – this remains our first priority and we continue to drive improvement in personal and process safety performance.
  • Advantaged manufacturing – we continue to build a top-quartile refining business as measured through net cash margin per barrel, by having a competitively advantaged portfolio underpinned by operational excellence that helps to reduce exposure to margin volatility. In petrochemicals we seek to sustainably improve earnings potential and make the business more resilient to a bottom-of-cycle environment through portfolio repositioning, improved operational performance and efficiency benefits.
  • Fuels and lubricants marketing – we invest in higher-returning businesses with reliable cash flows and growth potential.
  • Simplification and efficiency – this remains central to what we do to support performance improvement and make our businesses even more competitive.
  • Lower carbon and digitally enabled future – we are pursuing and developing new offers and products that support the transition to a lower carbon and digitally enabled future over the long term.

Disciplined execution of our strategy is helping improve our underlying performance, capture opportunities for further growth, generate attractive returns and create a more resilient business that is better able to withstand a range of market conditions; and create opportunities for future growth. We aim to ensure Downstream remains a reliable source of cash flow growth for BP.

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