Congo HSE Deputy Manager

With a passion for toxicology, Emile started her career in the pharmaceutical industry working in laboratories. It was while working in rotation as an expatriate for the first time for an oil-related company that she came across Perenco. She joined the Group as an HSE engineer.

What is your professional story? Your career pathway?

After a French BTS in Biology and Biotechnology analysis, I followed a General Engineering Training (with an international vocation - Studies in France, England and Spain) with a HSE specialisation, completed with a DIU in Travel Medicine and Travellers' Healthcare.

I started my career in the pharmaceutical industry on toxicology-related topics. Then, as I loved chemistry, I worked in several laboratories including one specialised in environmental matters, before being recruited in a refinery in Normandy, a job that allowed me to discover the oil sector. Then, I worked for an oil-related maintenance company based in Monaco, which led me to work in Gabon in rotation for four years. This is where I heard of Perenco and was talked into applying there...

So I started at Perenco in 2011 as an HSE engineer. I was acting as the focal point for the Latin American and DRC subsidiaries. My job was to work in a support function, in charge of producing documentation and preparing the HSE part of operations/ projects for these subsidiaries. I was also the Health and Environment focal point for all the subsidiaries.

I stayed there 18 months before being appointed HSE Deputy Manager in Gabon. I was much moved to come back to this country, quite a while after my first rotation experience. Currently, I am still fulfilling the same role but in the Congo (Pointe-Noire) where I arrived in 2017.

What does your job entail and which challenges do you face?

My role consists in working together with the Production, Projects, Drilling and Workover teams in order to prepare and carry out operations on our facilities.

I completed a drilling training with an external provider to be effective and relevant in my recommendations after I joined Perenco. This training has been enriched over time through experience acquired on the field, specific to each subsidiary and each site.

The HSE team is composed of five people and fully integrated into operations: this makes it truly effective. We participate in all the preparation phases of the various operations, including those involving suppliers. We work directly with sites, onshore and off-shore: HSE audit, practical monitoring, and technical assistance on Health and Environment topics. 

We re-read, comment and produce operational procedures and risk analyses and we work with operations on setting-up SIMPOS matrix, for those operations that are allowed to be conducted simultaneously, particularly as part of drilling projects - as any co-activity generates additional risks.

Finally, we come to monitoring and control phases. We have a strong presence on site, at least once a week, dedicated to HSE visits, training sessions, or at the request of sites (who may ask for advice or may need to confirm an idea, for example). For some operations, we allocate HSE supervisors who remain on site for the duration of the project.

How would you describe Perenco?

For me the slogan "Oil remains an adventure" is really in line with the company; a company where qualities such as innovation, motivation, rigour and pragmatism are truly meaningful. Here everyone can express himself/herself, and make Perenco adventure his/her own adventure.

Which corporate value(s) do you most admire at Perenco?

I am prepared to follow all the projects that could be entrusted to me, because I trust my company.

Staggered questions
  • What is your favourite word?


  • And the word that you hate?


  • A way to relieve stress?

    Running or watching a good rugby match.

  • In a football team, what position would you play?

    In a rugby team... full back!

  • What is your favourite acronym?

    CO – Castres Olympic

  • A personality or character you love to follow?

    The rugby team of the Castres Olympic

  • What do you miss the most when you are far away from home?

    My family

  • How do you stay connected to your loved ones?


  • Your favourite country?

    New Zealand

  • Your favourite holidays?

    With my family, in my region and a few days spend discovering a remote place of the world. A mixture of both, it is simply perfect!