• 4 minutes Mueller Report Brings Into Focus Obama's Attempted Coup Against Trump
  • 7 minutes Countries with the most oil and where they're selling it
  • 10 minutes Stack gas analyzers
  • 13 minutes What Would Happen If the World Ran Out of Crude Oil?
  • 51 mins Trudeau Faces a New Foe as Conservatives Retake Power in Alberta
  • 44 mins Ecoside
  • 17 hours Oil at $40
  • 2 hours Not Just Nuke: Cheap Solar Panels Power Consumer Appliance Boom In North Korea
  • 1 day Welcome To The Club: Apple In Talks With Potential Suppliers Of Sensors For Self-Driving Cars
  • 3 hours Japan’s Deflation Mindset Could Be Contagious
  • 1 day Guaido and the Conoco Award
  • 1 hour Haaretz article series _ Saudi Arabia: A Kingdom in Turmoil | Part 1 - Oil Empire
  • 6 hours The Number Increases: Swiss To Support Belt And Road Push During President's China Trip
  • 1 day Trump Torpedos Oil Pipeline Haters
  • 19 hours Is Canada hosed?
  • 1 day Opening up the waters off the coast of Florida to oil and gas drilling
  • 1 day Negative Gas Prices in the Permian
Alt Text

Why Oil Markets Need New OPEC+ Cuts

Oil prices may have neared…

Alt Text

Oil Rebounds On Bullish Inventory Data

Oil prices recovered somewhat on…

Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy

Charles is a writer for Oilprice.com

More Info

Trending Discussions

UK Govt To Oppose Any Moves On BP

The U.K. government wants BP to still stand for “British Petroleum.”

The Financial Times reported that Downing Street would do all it could to block a takeover of BP. Weakened and shrunken down due to the massive, and still rising, toll stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP could become a takeover target from one of the larger oil majors out there. Related: How Much Does OPEC Really Earn?

Rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that perhaps ExxonMobil or Chevron could be eyeing the British oil giant, so much so that BP’s CEO Bob Dudley had to publicly dispel any notion that his company is for sale. BP has also reportedly been war-gaming different takeover scenarios, planning on how they could fend off ExxonMobil or Chevron.

Now, fearing the same possibility, the British government wants to scare away buyers as well. The FT reported on April 26 that “Downing Street has informed BP and senior City figures that it wants the group to remain a British industrial champion with global reach.” Related: Former BP Chief Sees Oil Price Rebound Soon

Not only that, but the British government wouldn’t even support a takeover by Royal Dutch Shell, a company with deep British roots. That is because it wants two big global companies that hail from the U.K.

BP has had a long history under the purview of the British government. Since the early days when William Knox D’Arcy started drilling for oil in Iran, on through World War I when the British navy started fueling its fleet with oil, up to the 1970’s when the North Sea became a major source of oil production, BP has played an enormous role in projecting British power throughout much of the 20th century. Related: Big Hit For U.S. Oil Production In January

The British government wants that to continue. But in reality, BP is a private company and is no longer owned by the British government. As such, the government would have few tools, if any, to block a merger or takeover. Admitting as much, a government official told the FT that boisterous opposition to a deal from the government, even if it wasn’t backed up with any teeth, could be enough to keep the wolves at bay.

That remains to be seen. A bigger deterrent probably comes from the untold damage done from the Deepwater Horizon disaster as well as BP’s heavy exposure to Russia, where its assets face uncertain vulnerability to western sanctions. But if ExxonMobil really wants BP, it has the financial firepower to swallow BP and take on those problems.

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage

Trending Discussions


Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News