The world’s largest oil company, BP, has used centrifuge technology to deliver its oil to refineries in the Middle East and Europe.
But a report this week in The New York Times found that the technology is not yet widely used and could cost BP a lot more.
The Times reports that the company’s technology is being used in the Persian Gulf and in the Arabian Peninsula to supply crude oil to Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In March, BP agreed to pay $5.3 billion to settle civil charges related to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2002.
BP said it had already reduced the size of its fleet of centrifuge pumps.
In the report, researchers at the University of Oklahoma said BP’s centrifuge system was capable of delivering 1.4 million barrels per day to refiners in the Saudi Arabian and Persian Gulf.
They said BP was using the technology because it can get the oil from a smaller pool of oil in less time.
The oil would be shipped from a ship that is able to use the system to pump it out of the Gulf.
The company has previously used centrifuge technology to supply oil to India and the UAE.
The Associated Press reported in October that BP was also using centrifuge to deliver the oil to Kuwait, where the Saudi royal family is based.
BP has previously said it plans to continue using the system.