Tuesday's solid first-quarter results could go some way toward convincing investors that BP's ambitious plan to regain its position among the world's top energy companies is gaining steam.
Our safe and reliable operations and strong financial delivery have continued into 2018.
Since then, executives, including Chief Executive Bob Dudley, have tried to turn the page on the disaster.
Operating cash flow excluding Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments* in the quarter was $5.4 billion including a $1.8 billion negative impact from an increase in working capital ($1.7 billion after adjusting for inventory holding gains) driven by higher oil prices and seasonal inventory builds.
The company's Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary also raised the prospect that BP could consider raising its dividend in the second half of the year as it expects debt levels to come down.
BP profits soared to $2.6bn (£1.9bn), a 71 per cent boost from the same period a year ago when it stood at $1.5bn.
Continued Downstream earnings growth with strong refining availability in the US.
BP's shares rose more than 1% in early London trading, after touching a high of GBP5.48, or about $7.50.
The company's natural oil and gas exploration unit Upstream enjoyed its strongest first quarter since the third quarter of 2014 on both a replacement cost and underlying basis.
BP launched seven oil and gas fields in 2017, a record year, and is set to inaugurate six more projects this year including in Egypt, Azerbaijan and Britain's North Sea, which will help it boost production by 800,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2020, most of it gas.
"It's not only about the oil price, it is also about the performance of the kit", Gilvary said.
It paid out some US$1.6bn in payments connected to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including the US$1.2bn final payment relating to the 2012 settlement with the US Department of Justice. Net debt at the end of March was $40 billion, up from $37.8 billion at the end of 2017.
It has so far cost the group more than 65 billion United States dollars (£48 billion), and although BP has all the major settlements now under its belt, it still has a few smaller legal bills to pay.