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15:17 Wed 02nd Jun 2010 |

BP is a leading global energy company. As a multinational oil company BP is the UK's largest corporation. BP's tagline is "Beyond Petroleum" represents their focus on meeting the growing demand for fossil fuels, manufacturing and delivering more advanced products, and enabling the material transition to a lower carbon future.

In 1901 the first commercially significant find of oil in the Middle East was exploited by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC). In 1935, it became the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) and then subsequently the AIOC became the British Petroleum Company in 1954. In 1959 the company expanded beyond the Middle East to Alaska and in 1965 it was the first company to strike oil in the North Sea. BP is currently the third largest global energy company and the fourth largest company in the world.

In Europe BP is mostly known for its retail garages and their BP Connect forecourt shops and amenities. BP Connect sites feature the Wild Bean Cafe which offers cafe style coffee made by the staff and a selection of hot food as well as freshly baked muffins and sandwiches.

BP Shipping provides the logistics to move BP’s oil and gas cargoes to market as well as marine assurance on everything that floats in the BP group. BP Solar is a leading producer of solar panels. BP is also one of the largest generators of wind power in the world.

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