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 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.
About Emma Delaney
Emma Delaney has 22 years’ experience in the energy sector, having held a variety of roles globally across the Upstream and Downstream sectors. After joining BP in 1995, Emma held a number of commercial roles in BP’s Downstream European business, before moving to the Asia Region in 2003 to oversee the mitigation of non-technical risks for major projects. In 2005, she was appointed VP for the Tangguh LNG project, responsible for managing the economic, social and environmental risks during the construction phase of the LNG terminal in Papua Barat, Indonesia. Emma has held positions of Commercial Director Iraq and Upstream CFO Asia Pacific, as well as Head of Business Development.
In January 2017, Emma was appointed Regional President, Mauritania and Senegal for BP. In her current role she is responsible for establishing BP’s newest Upstream region and managing BP’s partnership with Kosmos Energy to explore and develop an emerging world class hydrocarbon basin in Mauritania and Senegal.
Emma studied Economics at Trinity College Dublin before completing a Masters in Management at ESCP Europe, graduating in 1995.
Learn more about BP's involvement in the Tortue Project:
The Tortue gas field is located offshore on the border between Mauritania and Senegal. With an estimated 15 trillion cubic feet of gas, Tortue has the potential to be a significant source of domestic energy and revenue for both countries – and the first step towards developing a global energy hub. BP and our partners will be investing billions of dollars to bring the innovative Tortue project on-stream.