Grangemouth at 100 (part two)

Grangemouth Refinery near Falkirk in Scotland began operating in 1924 and celebrates its centenary this year. We look back at its history in this year’s bps news with each edition covering 25 years. In this edition, we go back to the early 1950s and the post-war expansion of the refinery and end with the late […]

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 […]

The Das Island Christmas Show 1973

Das Island Christmas show

With Christmas fast approaching, it seemed a good opportunity to take up Edward (Ed) Shreeve’s offer of a trip down memory lane, 50 years in fact, to a show held on Christmas Eve on Das Island in 1973. Ed, along with his wife, performed in the show and kindly provided an outline of the programme, […]

Llandarcy and Aberfan

Our thanks go to D H Price, Howard, for drawing our attention to the role played by the Llandarcy Refinery in the wake of the Aberfan disaster in South Wales on 21 October 1966. Howard writes: ‘Although there is no longer a BP oil refinery in South Wales, some episodes in its 70 year history […]

bp and Alvis Stalwarts

BP Alvis Stalwart

In our February 2022 bps news, we carried a request for any information about bp’s use of the six-wheeled, amphibious Alvis Stalwart. One response we had referred to a Stalwart purchased by the BP Oil Spill Service Centre (OSSC) in Southampton. It seems it was used on training exercises but never operationally. Our correspondent remembered […]