BP’s oil and gas exploration and production division is one of its core businesses, globally and in the United States. Teams in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and onshore areas of the lower 48 states are responsible for finding and safely extracting the energy resources America needs.
Gulf of Mexico
Nearly three decades after BP began exploring the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the company remains one of the region’s leading oil and gas producers. In fact, BP has been the largest energy investor in the deepwater Gulf since 2005.
Between 2014 and 2017, its average daily production in the region increased from 252,000 barrels of oil equivalent to more than 300,000. This reflects BP’s continued investment at its four massive Gulf of Mexico production platforms: Atlantis, Na Kika, Thunder Horse and Mad Dog. Elsewhere in the gulf, the company holds interests in four hubs that other companies operate: Mars, Olympus, Ursa and Great White.
BP has spent more than half a century exploring and developing Alaska’s oil and gas resources, and its operations in and around the giant Prudhoe Bay field, located on the North Slope, account for around 50percent of the state’s oil production.
Since Prudhoe Bay began production in 1977, it has generated more than 12.5 billion barrels of oil — far exceeding initial projections — thanks in part to enhanced oil recovery technologies that BP pioneered. Four decades after starting up, Prudhoe Bay remains one of North America’s largest oil fields.
In the lower 48 states, BP’s onshore business now is independently operated but still wholly owned. BP chose to separate its lower 48 operations so they could be more flexible and agile, and thus more competitive, in a rapidly changing environment.
Headquartered in Denver, its operations span six states — Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. BP’s Lower 48 onshore business is one of America’s largest natural gas producers, producing an average of 300,000 barrels of oil equivalent in 2017.