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March 4, 2014
07:56 EDTBPBP says disagrees with appeals court decision, held no provision for BEL claims
BP said it disagrees with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denying the company’s request for a permanent injunction preventing certain payments under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement it reached in 2012. BP had asked the Court to prevent payments to business economic loss, BEL, claimants whose alleged injuries are not traceable to the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. BP believes that such BEL claimants are not proper class members under the terms of the settlement and is considering its appellate options. The Judges on the panel split three ways, with two Judges voting to affirm the District Court and deny permanent injunctive relief but without agreeing in all respects on a rationale. By denying the relief BP requested, however, BP believes that today's decision will improperly allow for the payment of losses with no connection to the spill. BP further believes that unless this problem is fully corrected, the settlement cannot be upheld under the law. BP has accordingly already sought en banc rehearing of the January 2014 decision by a separate panel of the Fifth Circuit upholding the validity of the settlement. The full Court has not yet reached a decision on BP's en banc rehearing petition. As of December 31, 2013, BP held no provision for BEL claims payable under the settlement because no reliable estimate could be made. A provision for BEL claims will be established when the uncertainties referred to in BP’s fourth quarter and full year 2013 results announcement are resolved and a reliable estimate can be made of the liability, the company said.
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November 17, 2015
10:16 EDTBPBP confirms exploring sale of Alabama petrochemical facility
BP confirmed that it has decided to market for sale its Decatur, Alabama, petrochemicals complex as part of a broader reorganization of the company's global petrochemicals business. BP said its refocused petrochemicals strategy is pursuing a competitively advantaged portfolio through world-scale, low-cost facilities that utilize BP proprietary technology including the production of purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, a key raw material in the production of polyester. BP is spending $200M to upgrade its Cooper River, S.C., plant and its sister facility in Geel, Belgium - the largest PTA-producing sites in the Americas and Europe, respectively. The investment will enable the two facilities to lower operating costs, improve reliability and reduce emissions. Earlier this year, BP also started up its new Zhuhai 3 unit in Guangdong Province, China. Using BP's latest technology and capable of producing up to 1.25M tons of PTA per year, Zhuhai 3 is the world's largest single-train PTA production unit as well as being one of the largest and most efficient PTA production units in the world. While BP's Decatur complex no longer fits with this strategy, the facility has been a major contributor to BP's U.S. petrochemicals business for many years. It makes chemicals essential for the production of thousands of items, from plastic water bottles to flat-screen televisions. BP expects to complete a sale of all or part of the facility provided a buyer can be found and an acceptable deal can be reached. Reference Link
09:48 EDTBPBP to explore sale of Alabama petrochemical plant, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites e-mailed statement from BP.
November 16, 2015
06:51 EDTBPBig energy firms saw 70% earnings dip for first nine months, WSJ says
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November 12, 2015
16:18 EDTBPBP awards FleetCor long-term contract
FleetCor Technologies (FLT) announced that BP Products North America (BP) has extended its contract with FleetCor to provide commercial fleet card processing and program management for all of its fleet card products.

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