Inside Story

Thoughts from Norman Christie

Since BP set its roots in Trinidad through our legacy companies some 50 years ago, two generations have grown up as our company has expanded and operations matured to include 2 offices and 13 offshore facilities. . As our company has grown and matured, our extended family grew to include not just our employees, contractors and their families, but the entire nation.

"Happy New Year! 2014 is an important one for us at BP as group wide we remain focused on our commitment to work safely and to continue to build value for our stakeholders. It is important to note that building value goes beyond simply producing more hydrocarbons or continuing to be rigorous with our safety standards. For us at BP Trinidad and Tobago, value is more than numbers, it is our reputation. In essence, bpTT’s true value is measured neither in the billions of dollars in taxes we pay annually nor the hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and oil equivalent we safely produce each year. Instead, we understand, value to us is what T&T understands our company to be."

2013 effectively drew to a close the major proactive maintenance programme announced by bpTT in 2011. 

In total, over the period, we took four major facilities, Immortell, Kapok, Cassia B hub and the Amherstia platforms offline for maintenance works and upgrades that lay the groundwork for increased reliability and more efficient operations in the future. We worked with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and local downstream operators to minimize impact and capitalized on opportunities to synchronize the works to finish the project ahead of schedule because we understood the importance of this work to the country and our company. BPTT’s commitment to scheduled, regular maintenance is proof that we are building a safer, stronger company. Keeping these commitments is part of how we are working to continue to build value in T&T and abroad. 

We understand that risk is an inherent part of our business, but the thought of losing a colleague due to unsafe practices or lack of preparations is intolerable. Value to the extended bpTT family means keeping safety and operational risk at the heart of all we do. This is why in this issue we tell the stories not only of our internal drills but also our emergency response drills that include members of the community and protective services. We drill so we, bpTT and the agencies and responders we drill with, are ready with sharpened skills to respond in the event of a crisis. What we hope to build is an instinct to respond quickly and safely in the face of any crisis. The valuable skills shared and built with the community have been used to the benefit of lives and wildlife in the recent oil spill by another operator in Trinidad and Tobago.  

BPTT understand that value is measured by people and thus our stakeholders and fellow citizens of T&T are critical to our value here. We understand that our presence here is an honor and is built on our keeping the commitment to have both company and country benefit from our local operations. If hydrocarbons and taxes were all we produced here, we would not be fulfilling that commitment, they may be at the heart of what we do, but our bpTT Corporate Social Responsibility programme gives our company a soul. This edition of Inside bpTT gives a glimpse of the soul of our company as told through the stories of our CSR programme and Mayaro based operations. 

Since BP set its roots in Trinidad through our legacy companies some 50 years ago, two generations have grown up as our company has expanded and operations matured to include 2 offices and 13 offshore facilities.. As our company has grown and matured, our extended family grew to include not just our employees, contractors and their families, but the entire nation. We care about that extended family and see our value as increasing when the children of initial family members like 30 year employee Haroon Mohammed, has his son join our extended team because he understand the true value of our operations to T&T.   Haroon, Sherard (his son) and thousands of fathers, sons, mothers and daughters trust in us to deliver our commitment. 

Happy New Year and happy reading.