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bp aims for zero routine flaring in US onshore operations by 2025

Release date:
18 April 2021

bp’s new, state-of-the-art Grand Slam facility near Orla, Texas marks a significant step for the company’s aims to reduce emissions and enhance production while improving reliability of bp’s Permian assets.


In 2018, a $10.5 billion deal with BHP added high-quality, world-class shale assets to bp’s portfolio. But the team needed to align existing production and legacy facilities with bp’s aims and ambition.


Since acquiring the assets, bp’s flaring intensity has decreased dramatically. As recently as the fourth quarter of 2019, flaring in the Permian Basin was around 16%. Today, it’s less than 2% and dropping.


A safer, cleaner and highly efficient facility


Grand Slam is an electrified central oil, gas, and water handling facility that reduces operational emissions, in part by replacing gas-driven equipment, compressors and generators. It’s also highly automated, enabling near real-time status of operating conditions resulting in fewer operational upsets.

Text box surrounded by a green border addressing how bp's Grand Slam facility utilizes a significant separation and compression system
What we are doing with our Permian assets is a clear example of our strategy in action. Electrification of the field has been a gamechanger. We are cutting emissions while significantly increasing the reliability of our field operations enabling a 20% uplift in production. It’s exciting to see our emissions decrease and our incremental operating cash flow increase.— Kim Krieger, VP operations, bpx energy


Grand Slam is the largest infrastructure project to date for bp’s US onshore business and a leading design concept. It’s anticipated that over 75% of bp’s Permian operated wells will be electrified by the end of 2021 and over 95% by 2023.

Additional ways bp is reducing emissions


bp is also actively improving its methane detection and monitoring programs. Along with drone and aerial monitoring surveillance – including high-resolution and infra-red camera coverage – we are piloting continuous methane monitoring technologies.


Our journey is just beginning. We still have work to do, but we are constantly evaluating and piloting new technologies to help further reduce emissions, including flaring, and help advance bp’s ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner.— Faye Gerard, VP low carbon and sustainability, bpx energy



We see a future where our Permian production is a highly commercial and low carbon energy resource that uses a combination of technologies – such as continuous methane monitoring, electrification, and block chain applications – to support and accelerate the energy transition. Embracing these technologies goes well beyond a fractional improvement, as we look to these resilient hydrocarbons to help fuel bp’s transition to a net zero company.— Dave Lawler, chairman of bp America