Bp: A Well Oiled Machine

It's back in shape and looking to boost production

He seems the antithesis of a wildcatter. He collects pre-Columbian art and is an opera buff. Yet the soft-spoken John Browne, chief executive of British Petroleum, is a pioneer. In his search for oil, he has sent his workers into some of the world's most lawless places, such as strife-torn Algeria and Colombia, where guerrillas fire on BP helicopters. And he has used cutting-edge technologies to beat rivals into frontiers such as the treacherous waters off the Shetland Islands.

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