Executive Interviews

Emma Delaney, Regional President, Mauritania and Senegal, BP

September 2017


How did you come to be in the oil and gas industry?

As a graduate interested in energy economics the oil & gas industry was very exciting – the obvious place for me to look to start my career.

Aside from low commodity prices what do you believe is the greatest challenge to our industry’s future growth?

Maintaining a strong talent pipeline for the future as we face growing competition from other sectors. Securing the next generation of talent is vital.

Where do you see the greatest opportunity in today’s global oil and gas markets and how are you positioned to capture this opportunity?

Gas a transition fuel – Our industry is changing faster than at any time in our lifetime. The energy mix is shifting towards lower carbon sources, driven by technological advances and growing environmental concerns. To meet the rising demand for cleaner energy, at BP we are shifting our focus towards gas. Developments like the Tortue Project will play a big part in that future. It’s part of what makes growing our business in Mauritania and Senegal so exciting.

What takeaways would you like attendees at the MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition to go home with regarding your company and your work both in region and further afield?

BP’s excitement about the energy potential here in Senegal and Mauritania, and our deep commitment to establishing production from this basin by 2021 using an innovative and competitive approach. We truly believe this basin can be established as a world-class LNG hub.

What was the wisest advice you received from a mentor?

Get the big things right!

How do you prefer to spend your spare time? 

There’s not much of it at the moment! But any that I do have is spent with family, trying to keep up with the kids’ hectic sporting and activity calendar.

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