BP’s origins date back to 1901, when the company began prospecting for oil in Iran. Now a holding company of one of the world’s largest petrochemicals groups, BP has major operations on every continent. Recently, BP has been backing the Bush administration’s push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
COMPANY HEADQUARTERS: Britannic House, 1 Finsbury Circus, EC2M 7BA, London, UK
COMPANY WEB SITE: www.bp.com
2001 GROSS REVENUES: $174.22B
NUMBER OF EXMPLOYEES: 110,150
TYPES OF BUSINESS: Oil exploration, production, gas and power, refining, marketing, chemicals.
TYPES OF FEDERAL CONTRACTS: Recently won contracts worth $39.28 million and $12.69 million from the Defense Energy Support Center for jet and bunker fuels, respectively.