New venue but same vibe for AGM and reception

The society’s annual general meeting (AGM) and annual reception were held on 23 November at a new venue – etc.venues St Paul’s, 200 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HD. As ever, it was wonderful to see some 100+ members from across the regions, coordinators and council members catching up with friends and colleagues, enjoying the wine […]

Sir Robert Malpas (1927-2023)

Sir Robert Malpas was a prominent business leader and engineer. Notably, he served as a main board director of ICI and a managing director of BP before his ‘retirement’ in 1989. At BP, he was the first managing director to join the main board direct from outside the company. In retirement, Sir Robert chaired PowerGen […]

New Members: Sept-Nov 2023

welcome card

In September, October and November we welcomed the following new members and invite them to make contact with their region.

Grangemouth at 100

Grangemouth Refinery near Falkirk in Scotland began operating in 1924 and celebrates its centenary this year. We look back at its history in this bps news and in the next three editions covering 25 years each time. In this edition, we go back to the beginnings of the Scottish oil industry and the growing need […]

Man with a mission – an update

Following our ‘Man with a mission’ article under ‘Life after bp’ in the November bps news, I’ve received an update from Nevin Stewart, former bp synthetic chemist and BP Research team leader, about his band keratopathy (BK) research proposal. There’s a lot to take in. However, I’ve included the detail here to highlight what can […]


Happy Anniversary

If you would like us to publish a significant wedding or civil partnership anniversary, please send us details, including your first, or known names, and the town where you live. We offer our congratulations to the following members: Barbara and David Pickford of Clatt, Aberdeenshire, 60 years in July 2023Jeanne and John Thomas of Swansea, […]

bp helps Formula 1 team with net zero journey

bp has signed an agreement with BWT Alpine F1 Team to support its net zero journey at its site in Enstone, Oxfordshire, where the team designs, develops, manufactures, and builds parts and systems for its Formula 1 cars. The agreement will see bp deploy its state-of-the-art data measurement and analysis tools to comprehensively assess power […]

Plane flies across the Atlantic on sustainable aviation fuel

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

From the dawn of flight, almost all planes have been powered by fossil fuels. A landmark flight has shown how that could change. On 28 November 2023, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off from London’s Heathrow Airport to JFK Airport in New York. In almost every way it was similar to the tens […]


We are sorry to record the following deaths of society members, and offer our condolences to their families and friends. Mr John Adams (86) of EdinburghMr David Anderson (91) of BrightonsMr John Attwood (91) of TauntonMr Norman Baker (91) of ColchesterDr Derek Banks (79) of BearsdenMr Cecil Birch (93) of FalmouthMr David Bird (88) of […]

United Kingdom: Production begins from North Sea Seagull field

Clever engineering has helped bp to access new resources under the sea and breathe new life into an existing oil and gas facility. In November bp successfully started production from the Seagull oil and gas field in the UK North Sea, boosting energy supplies, supporting the supply chain and underpinning continued production from an offshore […]