THE head of BP’s North Sea business is being promoted as part of a restructuring at the company.
Ariel Flores will become the firm’s senior vice-president, subsurface, based in Sunbury, near London, from July 1.
He will replaced in Aberdeen by Emeka Emembolu who will take on the title of senior vice-president, North Sea region.
The move comes as part of a reorganisation of BP’s corporate structure, run by new group chief executive Bernard Looney, a former North Sea boss at the company.
Mr Flores, who has served as North Sea regional president in Aberdeen, since March 2018, said: “It has been a pleasure to have led the North Sea business over the past two years and a huge honour to have worked alongside such professional and committed people, both inside BP and across the wider north-east Scotland community.
“I will be moving on from the North Sea at an unprecedented time, one which will test the resolve of every corner of our industry. But if ever there was an oil and gas region equipped to adapt to the challenges of today and come out stronger in the future, it is this one.
“I wish Emeka all the very best in his new role.”
Mr Emembolu is currently BP’s Houston-based vice-president of reservoir development, Gulf of Mexico and Canada.
He joined BP in 1998 after graduating from Sheffield University, with a degree in biochemical engineering.
In his first role with the oil major, he worked in the UK North Sea as a production engineer during the start-up and commissioning phase for the Etap platform.
He has since worked in a range of technical and leadership roles in Angola, Alaska, Algeria and Egypt.
BP said Mr Emembolu, who has a wife and four children, was passionate about skills and a keen advocate of technology which can move the energy industry forward.