BAPCO, wholly owned by the Government of Bahrain, is engaged in the oil industry including exploration and prospecting for oil, drilling, production, refining, distribution of petroleum products and natural gas, sales and exports of crude oil and refined products.
The company owns a 250,000 barrel-a-day refinery, storage facilities for more than 14 million barrels, a marketing terminal, and a marine terminal for its petroleum products.

BAPCO's prime customers for crude oil and refined products are based in the Middle East, India, the Far East, South East Asia and Africa, and 95% of refined products are exported.

Exploration and Development:
BAPCO carries out extensive studies on a continuous basis to explore - with the use of advanced techniques and methods - new oil and gas reserves and obtain more accurate data on the existing reserves.

Drilling and Production:
To maintain production from Bahrain Field at the optimum levels, advanced drilling techniques are applied to new wells, as well as working over the existing wells. As a result of increased demand by the growing industrial base in Bahrain, BAPCO has expanded its gas facilities and increased its natural gas production capacity.

Refining:
The Bahrain Refinery - one of the largest in the Middle East and the oldest in the GCC - refines over 250,000 barrels of crude every day. About one-sixth of this crude originates from Bahrain Field; the remainder is pumped from Saudi Arabia in a pipeline extending 27 kilometres over land and a further 27 kilometres under the sea before reaching the north-west of Bahrain.

Storage:
There are more than 170 storage tanks at different sites with a total capacity of over 14 million barrels.

Products:
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Naphtha, Gasoline, Kerosene, Aviation Turbine Fuel, Diesel Oil, Heavy Lube Distillate, Fuel Oil and Asphalt.

Marketing:
BAPCO exports crude oil to world markets and sells petroleum products locally and internationally. It also supplies and sells aviation fuel at the Bahrain International Airport through its affiliate, The Bahrain Aviation Fuelling Company (BAFCO), in which the company is a 60% shareholder. The company also provides the full requirements of natural gas to the power generating plants and other industries in the country.

Training and Development:
BAPCO is pressing ahead with its ambitious human resource management programme to ensure that the skills of its workforce match the technological and business demands of this new millennium. In addition, its scholarship and sponsorship programmes support more than 150 students in higher education in Bahrain and abroad.

Environment, Health and Safety:
Protection of the environment continues to be a major focus of the company's policy. In line with best practice, BAPCO has created an EHS policy that integrates the functions of occupational health, industrial safety and environment. A founder member of the Gulf Area Oil Companies Mutual Aid Organisation (GAOCMAO), the company remains at the forefront of technical expertise in oil spill response. A clearly set out policy, a range of protective clothing and equipment, full training and strict monitoring form BAPCO's ongoing commitment to the prevention and control of accidents and emergencies.