Prepare for a media scrum next Wednesday. Tony Hayward, BP’s outgoing chief executive, will be grilled by the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee next week as part of its inquiry into the risks of deepwater drilling in the UK following the company’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
It will be Mr Hayward’s first appearance in public for several weeks and will no doubt be watched closely not just by the rest of the oil industry but also by lawmakers in the US. Mr Hayward’s was grilled mercilessly by a House of Representatives committee in Washington, DC in June over the accident on April 20 which killed 11 workers.
Expect next week’s evidence session to be somewhat less antagonistic: not only is Mr Hayward being replaced by Bob Dudley in October but since that time BP has also capped the Macondo well and is in the process of finally sealing it completely.