Technology Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
Niall Ainscough is Technology Vice President in BP, one of the largest international energy providers, and responsible to develop strategic technology partnerships with BP’s portfolio of Strategic partners, based in the UK. As one of BP’s top 400 group leaders, this role is to develop business and technology relationships delivering BP’s strategy with its global strategic partners. The areas of co-operation range from conventional oil products, such as fuels and lubricants, to advanced technology/energy solutions and advocacy activities for the sustainable energy supply and carbon emission mitigation.
Niall, a chemist by training, a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has worked in the lubricants and fuels industry for over 30 years supporting and leading product development in a wide range of senior technology management roles.
He is part of BP’s Sales & Marketing leadership team and a member of the Formulated Products Technology leadership.
Niall currently directs technology activities and leads the senior technology relationships with BP’s portfolio of strategic partners particularly with the Automotive Vehicle manufacturers
Spotlight on BP plc
BP is one of the world's largest energy companies based in UK. Our main activities are the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas; refining, marketing, supply and transportation; and the manufacture and marketing of petrochemicals. We also have a growing presence in gas and power and in solar power generation.
We operate in 100 countries with well-established businesses in Europe, North and South America, Australasia and Africa.
Leading in Technology
At BP, technology is about more than hardware. It is about making bold choices; bringing together the world´s best scientists and engineers to develop technologies that will help us build a competitive business and sustainable future
Our industry will be judged by outputs not inputs. That´s why we focus our efforts on the areas of science and technology that will make the biggest difference to our customers and the long-term future of the global energy business. This means working in partnership, often at speed and on a global scale. Above all it means putting technology to work where it really counts.
Technology has put us ahead in the search for new oil and gas reserves. Using seismic imaging techniques developed by our experts, we can explore beneath subsurface salt formations that conventional seismic imaging cannot reveal effectively. Advanced technologies like these have helped us make major discoveries in places like Western Nile Delta of Egypt and Angola, and achieve some of the lowest finding costs per barrel in our industry.
Technology has transformed the way we develop new discoveries and mature fields. Our field of the future TM management system means we can monitor and optimize production processes in `real time´ and could increase recovery from BP fields worldwide by 1 billion barrels. Recent breakthroughs in drilling technology have improved efficiency and equipped us to push the boundaries in places like the Gulf of Mexico where there are extreme reservoir conditions.
Technology has helped us extend the range of crude oils that can be refined profitably. Powerful proprietary software allows our integrated supply and trading teams to buy and distribute crude oils more efficiently than any of our competitors, while our success in developing innovative products has been equally impressive. Premium fuels such as Ultimate and Castrol lubricants have proved that `green´ products make commercial and environmental sense.
Low carbon future
Looking forward, we believe technology can help us make alternative energy sources like solar economically viable and the `carbon-free economy´ a reality. Along the way, a new generation of `low carbon´ and `de-carbonised´ fuels - made possible thanks to technology that removes CO2 from fossil fuels - could also help us bridge the gap to a carbon-free future.