About BP Southern Africa

From finding, extracting and refining oil and gas, to developing advanced bio fuels for your everyday lives, BP is there to get you that much further.

Exploration and Production

Over the past 150 years, oil companies and prospectors have drilled more than two million wells around the world in hopes of striking oil. Many of the early wells turned out to be dry

We use sophisticated technologies and tried-and-true techniques to find oil and gas under the earth’s surface. More recently, scientific techniques and new technologies have greatly improved the odds. 

Before we put drill to soil or the seabed, we use topographical maps, aerial photography, sound waves, 3D projections and other tools to help us form an educated guess about the size, shape and consistency of the oil or natural gas that lies underneath. 

After we've established that there are large quantities of oil or gas (or both) at a drilling location, this site is known as a field. The next step is to plan and build a production facility, taking environmental, social and logistical factors into account. 

Out at sea, we build oil or gas platforms or FPSOs (floating, production, storage and offloading facility) which are strong and steady enough to cope with the amounts of oil and gas to be extracted, the depth of the water and the harshness of the climate or underwater environment. 

Over the decades-long lifespan of most production facilities, chances are new technologies will help us reach deeper and deeper into reservoirs, helping us to extract more of the resources within it. 

Most of the world’s known oil and natural gas supplies are a long way away from the places where these resources are the most in demand. Even land-based production facilities may be many kilometers from the closest refinery or distribution terminal. 

We transport crude oil in two main ways: pipelines and shipping. The choice depends on each project’s logistics, economics and location, as well as environmental considerations. Meanwhile, arranging to get large amounts of oil, gas and energy products to all the places where they are needed is a steady and demanding job in itself.

Refining and Marketing

We refine and process crude oil into usable products, including high-quality gasoline and the chemicals used in everyday items

In its raw form, crude oil is practically useless. Before it has any real value it must be processed into products like gasoline, motor oils, bitumen and the chemicals that make adhesives, cosmetics and other useful products. 

We do this processing at our refineries. With chemistry know-how, special equipment and a number of patented techniques, the thousands of people who work in our refineries take in a steady flow of petroleum, turning it out again in the form of products that most people wouldn't want to do without. 

At service stations, ports and airports around the world, our fuels and motor oils help keep the world in motion. Whether you are driving, flying or taking that cruise of a lifetime, BP may have provided the fuel that makes your trip possible. If you’ve received goods or bought products that came from a long way away, our fuels and lubricants may well have powered the ship or aircraft that delivered them. 

At service stations we offer fuels and lubricants, including the Castrol line of motor oils, with a range of benefits to engines and the environment. And our retail shops and cafés offer people lots of convenient and delicious reasons to stop. 

For the motoring enthusiast, the environmentally conscious driver, the airline executive, the shipping administrator, the mechanic, the hungry, the bored, and those who are simply out of fuel – we've got something for you.