Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive of BP plc, gave the 2011 Hinton lecture to the Royal Academy of Engineering in London on Monday night (11 April). Titled Engineering challenges at the energy frontiers, Mr Dudley discussed the history of oil exploration and BP’s role in innovation from onshore drilling to offshore and now deepwater operations.

Mr Dudley also spoke at length about last year’s Deepwater Horizon accident, the company’s regret over what had occurred and the lessons arising from it for the whole industry.

Hosted by Academy President and former BP Group Chief Executive Lord Browne of Madingley at the Royal Institution’s historic Faraday lecture theatre, the audience included a number of former BP executives: former Chairmen Sir Peter Walters (1981-1990) and Sir Robert Horton (1990-1992), Deputy Chairman Sir Peter Cazalet (1986-1989) and Managing Director Basil Butler FREng (1986-1991).

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Notes for editors

  1. The Academy’s annual Hinton Lecture is named after its first President, the late Lord Hinton of Bankside. One of the most eminent engineers of the 20th century, Lord Hinton’s career took him to the top of the power generation sector, culminating in his appointment as the first chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board.
  2. The Royal Academy of Engineering

    Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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