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BP CEO: No Quick Fix for Oil Challenges

BP CEO: No Quick Fix for Oil ChallengesBP CEO: No Quick Fix for Oil Challenges

Global oil companies are facing the twin challenges of abundant supply coupled with pressure to reduce carbon emissions, and there is no "quick fix" solution, the chief executive of BP said on Wednesday.

BP CEO Bob Dudley said only a combination of strategies would help oil majors deal with the challenges, as they come to terms with a period of prolonged low oil prices, AFP reported.

Dudley argued that while global oil demand was still expected to rise by one-third in the next decades, "what is new is the increase in supply", especially due to the exploitation of US shale reserves.

"We now have abundant supply. It's a fact of life," he told World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul.

The supply has pushed down crude prices to their current level of around $45 a barrel and Dudley noted that at the time of the last WPC gathering of energy bosses in Moscow in 2014, the oil price had been $108.

"We have half a century's worth of oil and gas in our proved reserves alone. And there is much more out there," he said, pointing to untapped shale reserves in Argentina, Algeria and China.

Meanwhile, after the Paris Agreement on combating climate change set targets for reducing emissions, oil majors need to "make our business fit for a low carbon world", he said.

"These are two huge challenges. There are no quick fixes, no overnight solutions. History shows our industry has taken on these kinds of challenges many times before and succeeded," he said.

He warned against a "replay" of past solutions. "These new questions need new answers," he said.

Dudley said solutions would come from oil companies showing excellence, reliability and safety in their operations.

BP learned "a lot of lessons" since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, he said.

Companies must also ensure resources were sustainable by using natural gas and renewables in the energy mix.

Growth in renewables is surging, he said, adding that "commonsense tells us reducing emissions cannot depend on renewables alone".

Dudley underlined the "the advantages of gas" in bringing an abundant and relatively clean energy source to consumers.

"There is an energy transition underway and we are going to be part of it," he said.

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