BP PLC, London, made an $81 million voluntary contribution to its worldwide pension plans in the second quarter, according to the company's quarterly SEC report. The company made a $27 million voluntary contribution in the second quarter of 2003, the filing said. BP, with total pension assets of $26.1 billion, had a pension surplus of $1.26 billion as of June 30.
BP expects its overall 2004 pension contributions to total between $400 million and $500 million, said Ian Stewart, spokesman; the firm contributed $166 million during the first six months of the year. He declined to comment on pension contributions beyond 2004.