By Sebastine Obasi
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Oando Plc, Wale Tinubu, CEO of Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Austin Avuru and other stakeholders in the Nigerian oil sector are expected grace the 25th edition of the Africa Oil Week (AOW) 2018.
The five-day event scheduled to hold from 5-9 November in Cape Town, South Africa is expected to present a content and networking-rich summit programme featuring over 150 speakers from across the international oil and gas sector including industry leaders, 11 African Energy and Petroleum Ministers, Heads of NOCs, banks and PE Funds and CEOs from all major oil companies and independent operators.
Addressing the latest developments and trends in Africa’s oil and gas sector, Africa Oil Week will explore and facilitate new opportunities, partnerships and deal-making through a high-profile summit, a dynamic exhibition and a roster of unrivalled networking events.
The programme will draw over a thousand key players and leading decision makers to discuss drilling programmes, farm-ins, data viewings and new financing models which can be adapted to new upstream and energy ventures.
The inaugural Ministerial and VIP Programme will be opened by Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy, whilst the Welcome reception will be opened by Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape Province, South Africa.
The summit will host two Ministerial panels where Jeff Radebe will be joined by Ministers from Ghana, Niger, Uganda, Gambia, Nigeria, Mali, Republic of Congo and Guinea as they take to the stage to provide their insights on attracting international operators and investment, and outline their national oil and gas strategies.
There will also be spotlight sessions addressing key developments in Africa focusing on topics such as: governance and regulation, production outlooks, the energy transition mix, mergers and acquisitions in African oil and gas, capacity development and gender diversification, gas to power and gas monetisation.
Running parallel to the Summit’s plenary sessions is the Africa Oil Week Prospect Forum. Co-produced and held in partnership with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and supported by PVE Consulting, the Prospect Forum provides a unique and dedicated platform for Independent Oil Companies, Geo Service Companies and National Oil Companies to showcase the most compelling farm-in opportunities, basin insights and road shows.