bpx energy

With operations in Texas and Louisiana, our US onshore business – known as bpx energy – has become both a premier oil and gas producer and a leader in reducing methane emissions, reflecting bp’s global resilient and focused hydrocarbon strategy.

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High-margin barrels produced responsibly

bpx energy operates in the Permian-Delaware and Eagle Ford basins in Texas and the Haynesville basin in Texas and Louisiana, focusing on safely producing higher-margin barrels while driving down emissions.

In 2018, we acquired world-class shale assets from BHP in Texas and Louisiana. At the time bpx assumed operations of those assets, flaring intensity was around 16%. Today it is less than 2% and dropping.

In total, the sustainable emissions reductions bpx delivered in 2020 are an amount comparable to the annual electricity-related emissions of over 100,000 typical homes. The projects driving those reductions include construction and electrification of centralized facilities and electrification of certain existing facilities.

The numbers tell the story

bpx produced an average of

373,000 boe/d

in 2020

bpx delivered sustainable emissions reductions totaling

247,000 MTCO₂e

in 2020

bpx employs approximately

690 people

through its operations

Aiming for zero routine flaring

In April 2021, we announced our aim to achieve zero routine flaring in our US onshore operations by 2025. We plan to accomplish this primarily through significant investments in new and upgraded infrastructure. bpx’s new, state-of-the-art Grand Slam facility near Orla, Texas, in the Permian Basin is the most significant investment to date.

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 is also highly automated, enabling near real-time status of operating conditions, resulting in fewer operational upsets.

Through its sophisticated separation and compression system, Grand Slam allows for the recovery of gas that would normally be flared at traditional well sites, which means bp can commercialize the gas instead of flaring it. And in 2020, our assets in the Permian region delivered sustainable emissions reductions totaling 91,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

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% increase in production. It’s exciting to see our emissions decrease and our operating cash flow increase.

Kim Krieger
vice president of operations at bpx energy

Grand Slam represents the largest infrastructure project to date for bpx energy. We anticipate that more than 75% of our Permian operated wells will be electrified by the end of 2021, and that more than 95% will be electrified by 2023.

Reducing emissions and improving efficiency

We will continue to invest in technology to reduce methane emissions and improve our ability to measure it. We’re actively improving our methane measurement programs, which include detection and quantification. Along with drone and aerial methane detection surveillance — including high-resolution and infrared camera coverage — we are testing continuous methane detection technologies in the Permian. We aim to install methane measurement at all our existing major oil and gas sites by 2023. We are also using drones and other technologies to reduce safety risks at our facilities.

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.

Dr. Faye Gerard
vice president of low carbon and sustainability at bpx energy

Not only are we driving down emissions, but we are also driving efficiency and reliability to increase value. For example, by using electricity to power our drilling operations, we save more than 50,000 gallons of diesel per well every 20 days.

Preventing methane from escaping into the atmosphere is good for our planet; it’s also good for our business, because the more gas we keep in a pipeline, the more gas we can sell. That’s why we at bp are working to delivering on our aims to reduce emissions – including methane – from our operations.

Dave Lawler
CEO of bpx energy & president and chairman of bp America
Grand Slam

26,000 barrel per day oil handling facility at Grand Slam.

Grand Slam

Grand Slam is a highly automated plant with remote operating capability: cable trays are shown between gas compressor coolers and gas treating equipment.

Grand Slam

100 million standard cubic feet per day gas compression facility at Grand Slam. The gas compressors have electric drives.

Grand Slam

120,000 barrel per day water handling facility with 5 salt water injection wells.

Grand Slam’s substation provides power to all electric motors at the facility.

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