Sustainable Development


Public debate continues to focus on the environment and the term 'sustainable development'. Sustainable development is about integrating the economic, social and environmental aspects of everything we do and balancing short-term wants with long-term needs.

Our sustainability principles:

  • Respecting and safeguarding people
  • Working with stakeholders
  • Protecting the environment
  • Managing resources
  • Generating robust profitability
  • Benefiting communities
  • Delivering value to customers

Being a Good Neighbour is Good for Business 

This means building trust and support in the community and society in which BSP operates. We do this by managing our impact on our local community, working to deliver benefits such as jobs and business opportunties, and most importantly, communicating and listening to what our community has to say. 

From the very start when BSP began operations in Brunei, BSP has constantly engaged with our stakeholders to make sure that the effect of the impact of our operations is kept to a minimum and this in turn, ensures that our operations run smoothly. On top of this, BSP runs various social investment prorammes, particularly, on youth development for the future leaders of Brunei. These include:

  • Base Science Camp
  • EXplomaths
  • Inforama
  • PRYNSA
  • Robocon
  • Robotech

If you would like more information on the programmes we run, please contact us

Life beneath the platforms 

In November 2005, divers from Brunei Shell Petroleum’s Panaga Club were awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Prize by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) at Buckingham Palace. 

The Duke, who personally selects the winner, recognised the Panaga Club’s project, ‘Life Beneath the Platforms,’ a study of the flourishing marine ecosystem attracted to BSP’s offshore installations in the South China Sea. 

The purpose of the project is to spread knowledge about the platform ecosystem – knowledge, the organisers hope, that will lead to creative uses for redundant platforms. During the project, four types of surveys were conducted to list species and investigate how they behave.

The project also involved making a spectacular DVD showing the teeming corals and fish living on and around the platforms. The DVD and technical papers have been presented at several scientific conferences, including the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Conference, and the Brunei Environmental Conference.

Steve Oakley, a marine biologist with no affiliation to Shell, was the technical supervisor for the project. Panaga Club members (and BSP employees) Steve Holyoak and John Elder first proposed the project to BSP management in December 2002. Elder, who first dived the platforms in 1978, said he was “awestruck” by what he witnessed there: “It’s an amazing world of marine life – a world that would not exist without the platforms.”

“The sea of Brunei if shallow and muddy, especially near the coast. The corals don’t have much to cling on to. With a platform, you give them a hard surface on which to grow. Once the corals have a foothold, you have the foundation for a flourishing ecosystem.” 

Such an ecosystem, moreover, can set itself up remarkably quickly. The upper parts of one platform, Egret, commissioned in May 2003, were covered with goose-neck barnacles after just a month at sea.

The ability of marine life to adapt quickly to – indeed, to take advantage of – the platforms is one of the key findings of the study. The harmonious relationship between platform and sea life gives planners several options. Redundant platforms can be left in place with the top cut off or could be removed. But, of course, a decommissioned platform could also continue to function as they do now: as the largest protected marine park in the South China Sea.