Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, on Wednesday visited Abu Dhabi, which is home to a range of sovereign investment vehicles and is one of the oil company's main partners in the Middle East.
Mr Hayward met senior officials including Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's crown prince, before leaving on Wednesday night.
在昨夜离开阿布扎比之前，唐熙华会见的高级官员包括阿布扎比王储谢赫•穆罕默德•本•扎耶德(Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan)。
The trip comes after the troubled oil company put out feelers to investment entities in the Middle East to gauge their interest in buying the group's shares following their dramatic decline after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Mr Hayward has also been travelling to reassure international partners that the company can withstand the liabilities that have arisen from the spill, and he has already visited Russia and Azerbaijan.
BP said on Monday it could meet the cost of the spill without issuing new shares, rejecting speculation that it was seeking a bail-out from a strategic buyer.
An official from one of the Persian Gulf states told the Financial Times that BP had been reaching out to investment entities in the region in recent weeks, particularly those in countries with which it already had relations.
The message, the official said, was: “Our stock is cheap, why not buy some?”
BP has a particularly long history with the UAE where it has operated since the 1930s and which is the centre of the company's Middle East and Pakistan operations. It is also one of the few Gulf states where BP is involved in production and exploration operations.
More than 90 per cent of the UAE's hydrocarbons resources are in Abu Dhabi, which also boasts one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, which invested $7.5bn in Citigroup in November 2007.
阿联酋超过90%的碳氢化合物资源位于阿布扎比，这里还拥有全球最大财富基金之一阿布扎比投资局(Abu Dhabi Investment Authority)。2007年11月，该机构曾向花旗集团(Citigroup)注资75亿美元。