Africa E&P Virtual Summit Day 1 Bulletin
Day 1 of the Africa E&P Virtual Summit is done and we are reflecting on how well our audience engaged with the virtual platform; using the virtual chat and meeting face-to-face as well as interacting with the Panel sessions. It felt like the most uplifting thing to happen all year!
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Garrett Soden, President & CEO of Africa Energy, did an excellent job kicking the conference off on a positive note talking to the title ‘A Bright Spot in African E&P’.; maintaining that there is still a position for independent explorers that are well financed, with a strong technical team and world class assets.
We then heard from international energy players Galp, BP and Standard Bank on what they believe is important for Africa going forward and how their companies have navigated through the disruption.
Namibia, Ghana, Senegal and Liberia featured in Session 2, Africa Licensing Promotion & NOC Showcase. It was interesting to experience an (almost) seamless internet connection from Africa and the governments putting themselves forward in a lightning pitch style presentation side-by-side.
Amalia Olivera-Riley, Head of Exploration for Tullow Oil, delivered a timely Keynote ‘Leading Teams Through Disruption’ on her personal learnings and experiences of finding a way through the uncertainty. This was followed by a session with Africa Oil Corp., Kosmos Energy, Springfield Group and FAR Limited on the challenges that face Independent players in Africa and how they plan to take things forward.
Director-General at Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Honorable Archie Donmo, spoke on investing in Liberia – one of Africa’s last true frontier regions, followed by the latest updates on the Liberia Harper Basin License Round, with LPRA, NOCAL, TGS and Core Laboratories.
Session 4 profiled new and unfolding opportunities in Africa with Discover Exploration, Boru Energy, Svenska Petroleum, ReconAfrica and lastly we held a roundtable with with senior stakeholders from Ghana’s oil and gas sector, featuring a prestigious panel from Ghana Gas, Aker Energy, Wood Mackenzie and Tullow Oil.
It was an excellent day. The audience gained important insight into Africa’s energy future, it’s role in the future energy mix and the promising hydrocarbon prospectivity showcased across numerous countries.
We finished off by chilling out with a special session with South African winemaker Johan Kruger in Cape Town which was an apt end to the day.
Tomorrow; we have four further sessions and a the Eco Atlantic Roundtable on Namibia and will hear from another 20 companies and 4 governments, finishing off with the Big Five Board Awards with Guest Speaker Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO of Total who will speak on Total’s Africa Strategy.