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Amoco Corporation, In May 2008, US BP stations mostly discontinued use of the “Amoco Fuels” logo as BP introduced its new brand of fuel, “BP Gasoline with Invigorate”. The only remaining usage of the Amoco name is the brand of BP’s highest grade, 93-octane “Amoco Ultimate”.

ARCO which became a subsidiary of UK-based BP in 2000 officially known as BP West Coast Products originally formed by the merger of East Coast-based Atlantic Refining and California-based Richfield Petroleum in 1966. ARCO is headquartered in La Palma, California.

ampm is a convenience store chain with branches located in several U.S. states. In the US, the stores are usually attached to an ARCO or BP branded gas station.

Castrol is a brand of industrial and automotive lubricants which is applied to a large range of oils, greases and similar products for most lubrication applications. The Castrol brand is part of the BP Group of companies, but has retained its separate identity. Read More…


BP operation to halt US oil leak fails again

The top kill procedure implemented by BP on the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil well on Wednesday has failed.

According to David Suttles, BP’s chief operating officer, “We have been unable to overcome the flow.” Suttles stated that after studying three days of results, BP determined that the procedure was a failure.

On Wednesday, BP began pumping mud into the leaking well, a procedure known as top kill. BP chief executive Tony Howard said it would take at least 24 hours to determine if the procedure was successful. The procedure has worked before in surface situations, but was not previously attempted at 5,000 feet underwater. Read More…

Top kill method slows BP oil leak

A US Coast Guard official said today that BP’s latest effort to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been successful in slowing the amount of oil leaking from the well.

BP Live feeds

The official, Admiral Thad Allen, said that the procedure, known as a “top kill” operation, has been able to block some of the leaking oil at the source, the top of the damaged well.

The operation involves pumping material into the well to plug the leak before cement is used to permanently seal the leak. Allen said the the operation has “been able to force mud down and not allow any hydrocarbons to come up.”

BP hasn’t confirmed the success of the top kill operation, saying only that the “operation is proceeding as we planned it,” and that there had been no major incidents thus far. Although the possibility of failure is still present, experts say that the longer the procedure continues, the less likely it will be that anything goes wrong. Read More…

Oil spill enters Loop Current with Florida at risk

US scientists say that oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the Loop Current, which could propel the oil towards the coast of Florida.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), limited amounts of oil have entered the current, and could reach Florida’s coast in as few as six days, although it would be highly diluted by the time it did so. Other estimates place the time before oil reaches Florida as closer to ten days.

Satellite images show oil moving south from the main slick into the current, which is a rapidly-moving body of water that flows from the Caribbean Sea towards the Atlantic Ocean. The speed of the current is predicted to disperse the oil that is picked up, which would lead to difficulties in tracking it. Read More…

Deepwater Horizon disaster may be worse than initially thought

Scientists estimate that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting from the Deepwater Horizon disaster may be significantly worse than initially thought.

Oil locations from April 28, 2010, to May 2, 2010

On May 15, researchers from the University of Southern Mississippi aboard the research vessel RV Pelican identified enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots.

The shallowest oil plume the group detected was at about 2,300 feet, while the deepest was near the seafloor at about 4,200 feet. Other researchers from the University of Georgia have found that the oil may occupy multiple layers “three or four or five layers deep”. Read More…

Effort to stop Deepwater oil leak unlucky

An attempt to cap the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has hit yet another obstacle, reported officials from British Petroleum (BP).

Friday night’s attempt to install a 6-inch (15.2cm) tube into the leaking drill pipe was only the latest in a series of efforts by BP to stop or slow down the spill. Previously, the oil company had tried to enclose the pipe with a large container dome, and then lowered a smaller “top hat” container dome.

The siphon tube method is designed to reduce the amount of oil flowing into the ocean, but is not a permanent solution to stopping the leak altogether. It will draw the oil from the broken pipe to a tanker at the surface, said BP. Read More…

One of three oil leaks in Gulf of Mexico plugged

The oil company BP has said that one of three leaks from a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico have been sealed off, in an attempt to stop the oil from the destroyed Deepwater Horizon rig from contaminating the sea further.

Although 800,000 litres of oil a day are still pouring into the sea, officials say it will be easier to combat the spill with only two leaks.

“As we speak today we now only have two leak sources but I would stress the amount of oil being leaked is still the same,” commented BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles. Read More…