New Wahlberg film makes oil exec ‘a lit­tle bit sad’

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

BP chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Dud­ley ear­lier this week said the com­pany was “a lit­tle bit sad­dened” by the Hol­ly­wood film re­leased this year over the 2010 dis­as­ter on the Deepwater Hori­zon oil rig, ar­gu­ing it had done ev­ery­thing to win back trust. The ex­plo­sion in 2010 on BP’s Deepwater Hori­zon oil rig killed 11 men off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mex­ico, caus­ing 134 mil­lion gal­lons (507 mil­lion litres) of oil to spew into the sea in a ma­jor en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter.

Speak­ing at the World En­ergy Congress in Is­tan­bul, Bob Dud­ley con­firmed that the com­pany had spent over US$61 bil­lion “to re­store trust” in pay­ing off li­a­bil­i­ties after the ac­ci­dent. “We have been fo­cused on earn­ing back trust,” he said. But Dud­ley praised the man­age­ment team he put to­gether from 2010 after tak­ing over from Tony Hay­ward in the wake of the Deepwater tragedy to deal with the af­ter­math of the cri­sis. “The ac­ci­dent shook the com­pany to the core,” he said. The film Deepwater Hori­zon, star­ring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hud­son and re­leased in the US in Septem­ber, shows how two work­ers on the oil rig help res­cue their co-work­ers as fam­i­lies deal with the im­pact of the dis­as­ter back home.

“They [the man­age­ment] have seen the movie. They are a lit­tle bid sad­dened by it,” Dud­ley said, adding that the film took sides by paint­ing a pic­ture of “he­roes and vil­lains”. “That is not how it is real life,” said Dud­ley. “We have had to re­store trust day by day by de­liv­er­ing safe, re­li­able op­er­a­tions, and look­ing more widely,” said Dud­ley, not­ing that BP had to sell off one-third of the com­pany to meet its obli­ga­tions after Deepwater.

But he also ac­knowl­edged “there is a long­stand­ing is­sue of trust in the oil and gas in­dus­try” and “our in­dus­try has a real im­age prob­lem in some coun­tries”.

Dud­ley said the en­ergy in­dus­try should be “proud of the ser­vice we de­liver to the world” as it man­ages a “great tran­si­tion” to keep meet­ing de­mand while ful­fill­ing cli­mate change com­mit­ments.

Photo: AFP

Mark Wahlberg pro­motes his new movie Deepwater Hori­zon in Italy this week.

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