Think Again

Key Themes

  • Communication
  • Executive level decision making
  • Leadership
  • Process safety

Target Audience

Senior Management, Board Members.

Synopsis

On March 23, 2005 at approximately 1:20pm an explosion occurred at the BP refinery in Texas City. As a consequence, 15 people died. Hundreds more were injured. Why did it happen? This play, originally commissioned by Balfour Beatty shows how decisions made at the highest levels contributed to the disaster.

Excerpt

Bill: See here Don, I think you have a chance here to talk to the CEO and get him to reverse some of the cuts that are turning this refinery into a rusting hulk of metal.

Don: I don’t think it’s helpful to talk of cuts. What we have been doing is driving costs out of the system.

Bill: You can’t run a refinery without incurring costs.

Don: No, but this is a business which needs to show a good return on capital. You can’t just throw money at it.

Bill: The thing is, Amoco were already cutting costs in 1999 when BP took over. Since then BP told you to cut costs by a further 25%. Something’s gotta give.