BP ampm Brand Exists Central Ohio

The 25 BP ampm convenience-stores in central Ohio are set to be transformed into Duchess Shoppe stores, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The local franchise owner, Englefield Oil Co. already operates all the stores involved, plus 103 other stores that use the Duke/Duchess Shoppe name. BP is allowing Englefield Oil to drop the ampm name penalty-free

BP Outlines Plan to Move Brand Forward

BP Products North America Inc. recently reaffirmed its commitment to the BP retail brand in Gaylord, Md., at the 2010 BP Amoco Marketers Association (BPAMA)  Convention and Business Expo, an annual gathering of BP marketers. A record number of marketers attended this year’s event to hear from several top BP executives how the company plans

Hess To Operate Tubular Bells

Hess Corp. has agreed to acquire an additional 20% interest in the Tubular Bells oil and gas field in the Gulf of Mexico from BP for $40 million and will become the operator. The increased ownership will bring Hess’ working interest in Tubular Bells to 40%. Chevron holds a 30% interest and BP will retain

BP Creates New Safety Division

BP plans to create a new safety division in the aftermath of this summer’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, CNN reported this week. The “powerful new unit” will have the authority to intervene in all aspects of BP’s technical activities, according to the company. The safety division is one of the new

BP Spreads The Blame

BP has rolled out the results of a four-month internal investigation into the causes of the April 20 blowout of its Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, which resulted in the Gulf oil spill. The company spread blame among its contractors, as it pointed to a “complex and interlinked series” of failures from

Oil Rig Blast Reported In The Gulf

An offshore petroleum platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded today, Sept. 2,  and was reported as burning by a commercial helicopter flying overhead, the Associated Press reported. The rig sits about 80 miles off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April killing 11 workers and leaking

Dealing with Adversity

BP’s Gulf of Mexico response has included more than $4 billion spent to date, including more than 153,650 payments totaling $395 million (as of presstime) in claims to Gulf residents and businesses affected by the oil spill. Other payments included: • $20 billion claims escrow fund • $100 million unemployed rig workers’ fund • $500

Rebuilding the BP Brand

With the Gulf Oil spill behind it, a new CEO at the helm and the clean up effort underway, BP now must turn its attention to making good on its recovery promises and helping BP branded stations win back customers who may not quickly forget the devastation in the Gulf. Since the spill began, and

BP To Pay $50.6 Million In Settlement

BP Products North America Inc. is set to pay a full penalty of $50.6 million stemming from the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced. The agreement resolves failure-to-abate citations issued after a

BP Makes Amends

BP has paid $303 million in claim payments to more than 40,000 individuals and businesses impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported. In just the past three weeks, BP has paid out $112 million and will continue to pay claims until the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) takes over

BP Cements Well, Assesses Damage

On Aug. 5, BP completed cementing operations at the MC252 well. The procedure began at 9:15 a.m. CDT and was completed by 2:15 p.m. CDT, as part of the static kill plan. By filling the damaged Macondo well with cement from the top down, the company hopes to guarantee it won’t leak oil again. The

Gasoline Pushes Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After inching off a one-month low last week to $272.2 gallon, the U.S. retail gasoline average is poised to post its second straight weekly increase, following wholesale costs higher. The US price benchmark for gasoline, the Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures contract that trades on

Robert Dudley Promoted To CEO of BP

BP officially announced today that Tony Hayward is stepping down as CEO and being replaced by Robert Dudley effective Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported. As an American, Dudley marks BP PLC’s first ever non-British chief executive, the company said as it reported a record quarterly $17 billion loss and set aside $32.2 billion to

BP’s Hayward To Be Replaced

BP’s Tony Hayward, whose blunders in relation handling the oil spill in the press have created an outcry, is on his way out as CEO, a U.S. government official told the Associated Press. The senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made, told the Associated Press he

BP Selling Upstream U.S. Assets To Apache

BP is selling its upstream assets in the U.S., Canada and Egypt to Apache Corp., outlined in a number of agreements this week.  The deals together total $7 billion, and comprise BP’s Permian Basin assets in Texas and south-east New Mexico in the U.S.; its Western Canadian upstream gas assets; and the Western Desert business

BP Introduces Mobile Claims Center

BP this week is adding a new mobile claims center to supplement the existing claims centers throughout the state of Louisiana. The mobile claims center has been made to travel with four claims adjusters to assist residents filing claims throughout affected parishes in Louisiana. “This new edition to claims will allow us to reach the

Fallout Continues After BP Stops Spill

Even as BP Corp. has announced that it had succeeded in its attempt to choke off the flow of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, gas stations with BP branded gas continue to experience backlash from consumers angry over the disaster. In Bay Minette, Ala., yesterday a BP gas station was vandalized-with angry messages

BP Stops Oil Leak

BP finally stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday – 85 days and 184 million gallons after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, the Associate Press reported. Now begins a 48 hour wait to see if the capped-off well holds or blows a leak, as engineers monitor

BP Erects Gulf Coast Restoration Organization

BP’s has instituted a new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, set to manage the company’s long-term response to the Deepwater Horizon incident and the MC252 oil and gas spill. Effective immediately, Bob Dudley has been appointed president and CEO of BP’s new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, and will report to Tony Hayward, BP’s Group Chief Executive. The

BP Claim Payments Climb Past $100M

BP has paid $104 million to residents along the Gulf Coast for claims filed as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported in a press release. “Our focus has been on getting money into the hands of fishermen, shrimpers, condo owners and others who have not been able

BP To Divest 114 Stations

BP PLC is selling 114 gas stations and convenience-store properties in 22 states, the Wall Street Journal reported. Most of the locations are being marketed as redevelopment sites, while some are being offered as part of potential franchise deals, according to the Web site of BP’s broker, Jones Lang LaSalle. BP had decided to sell

BP Donates $25 Million to GRI

BP has announced significant progress in its half-billion dollar pledge to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI). Three research institutions in the Gulf region will receive a total of $25 million in fast-track funding for high-priority studies of the distribution, composition and ecological interactions of oil and dispersant. On May 24, BP announced a

Strong Words, More Trials In Gulf Response

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, summoning Americans to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, and noted that it is imperative for Congress to act quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor” surrounding the BP Oil

BP Gives Second $25 Million Grant to Alabama

BP is providing the State of Alabama with an additional $25 million grant to continue implementation of the State’s Area Contingency Plan in the wake of the oil spill from the MC252 well. This $25 million grant is in addition to a previous $25 million block grant that BP announced on May 5 to help

BP To Fund Wildlife Rehabilitation

BP announced it plans to donate the net revenue from oil recovered from the MC252 oil spill to create a new wildlife fund that would create, restore, improve and protect wildlife habitat along the coastline of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.  The creation of this fund exceeds the company’s  obligations under the Oil Pollution Act

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