ALL EYES of the oil world were on BP this week for the British energy giant’s annual three-day investor jamboree. Bernard Looney, who became chief executive this year, wants BP at last to make good on its old slogan, “Beyond Petroleum”. Annual capital spending on oil, gas and refining projects will fall from around $13bn in 2019 to an average of $9bn in 2021-25. Gas and oil production will remain relatively steady in the short term, before falling as BP ramps up its investments in renewable power. BP’s plan is more ambitious than under Mr Looney’s predecessor, Bob Dudley. It is also by far the most aggressive of any supermajor. That is admittedly a low bar.
This article appeared in the Business section of the print edition under the headline “A less oily BP”