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Celebrating 50 years of North Sea operations, BP works with Scotland's education sector to help develop the skills and talent needed for continued success.

BP discovered the first commercial gas field in the North Sea in the 1960s and has been a pioneer in Scotland's oil and gas industry ever since.   

The company's North Sea portfolio stretches from the Shetland Islands to the east of England and the Norwegian continental shelf, all managed from its Aberdeen base. 

Strengthening links in Scotland

With over 4,000 BP employees and contractors in the region our business demands an enterprising, skilled workforce across industry sectors and we are continuing to strengthen our links with the educational institutions from which we source our talent.

Trevor Garlick, BP

Involved in activities across the industry lifecycle, BP also operates a pipeline and onshore terminal network that processes almost half the UK's oil and gas production. 

BP's history in the North Sea has seen the company produce over five billion barrels of oil - with more than three billion barrels of remaining resource opportunity. 

An industry hub

After opening a new HQ in Aberdeen in 2008 BP has predicted further investment in the North Sea of £10 billion by 2017 - taking its total investment in the region to £45 billion. 

Employing almost 2000 staff and contractors in Aberdeen, with another 2000 running offshore operations, BP recognises the benefits of Scotland's oil and gas capital. 

And Aberdeen remains central to the company's ambitions for the future. Trevor Garlick, regional president of BP North Sea, said: 

"Basing our North Sea business in the energy capital of Europe has enabled us to pursue our strategy very effectively, taking advantage of industry-leading expertise, a world class supply chain and established infrastructure." 

Educational excellence


Scotland's educational excellence will also play a part in ensuring BP remains globally competitive. 

The company has partnerships with the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University and Strathclyde University in Glasgow. These collaborations encourage innovation in geoscience, petroleum engineering and subsea engineering. 

By helping develop new technologies in these field BP can successfully maximise recovery from its North Sea assets. And this commitment to working with Scotland's educational establishment goes further than universities. 

Trevor Garlick said: 

"The Scottish university system provides a prime training ground for engineering excellence and innovation but we also have an extensive schools education programme. "

"This supports the teaching of science, technology, education and maths at both primary and secondary level and helps to ensure that we have a ready supply of bright young minds coming through to the colleges and universities in the long term." 

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