A new leaked internal report from 2015 reveals that BP’s refining operations are exposed to high safety risks that can lead to deadly accidents and pollution as a result of slack data management and a lack of investment. The document was co-authored by BP, IBM and industry consultancy WorleyParsons. According to a Reuters report, the authors state that BP’s refining and petrochemical business (i.e. downstream) is trailing rivals such as Royal Dutch Shell by up to seven years in managing information to reduce safety risks and financial losses. BP is notorious for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in which 11 lives were lost.
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