29 September 2010 12:40 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--BP will create a new division to strengthen safety and risk management across the group, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the ?xml:namespace>
The Safety & Operational Risk function, brought in by the incoming chief executive Bob Dudley, would have sweeping powers to oversee and audit BP's global operations and intervene in all aspects of its technical activities, it added.
The new organisation was one of a number of changes announced by
Tony Hayward stepped down as CEO following BP's investigation into the Macondo well incident in April which led to the explosion and fire that killed 11 people and caused widespread pollution.
"These are the first and most urgent steps in a programme I am putting in place to rebuild trust in BP,”
"The changes are in areas where I believe we most clearly need to act, with safety and risk management our most urgent priority," he added.
"Our response to the incident needs to go beyond deepwater drilling. There are lessons for us relating to the way we operate, the way we organise our company and the way we manage risk," he said.
As a result of the restructring, Andy Inglis, head of the BP’s upstream business would relinquish his current role as well as step down as a main board director on 31 October 31 and leave the company at the end of the year, BP said.
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