BP will come under pressure at its annual meeting this week to explain how its decision to take a 20% stake in Russia's biggest oil company Rosneft is going to be affected by the country's standoff with the west over Crimea.
BP is closer to restoring its operations and reputation in the US after agreeing a deal with environmental protection authorities that it will enable the oil firm to bid for new drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP has won permission to drill in the clear waters off Greenland, just three and a half years after abandoning similar plans to apply for a licence in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon blowout.
BP has become embroiled in an acrimonious slanging match with one of the US Gulf states most affected by pollution from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010 with the two sides trading blows over the oil company's cleanup record.
Even 25 years on, Charles Haffey's most powerful memory of the Piper Alpha disaster was the overwhelming, deafening noise. The vast inferno created by simultaneous eruptions from ruptured gas and crude oil pipelines sounded like thousands of blow torches alight at full pressure.
Standard Life, one of the City's biggest institutional investors, put executive pay back on the public agenda on Thursday when it voted against BP's remuneration report at the first major annual meeting of the season.