The African Energy Chamber (AEC) – the voice of the African energy sector – is proud to announce that African Energy Week (AEW) (https://AECWeek.com/) – Africa’s premier event for oil and gas sector – will return in 2023 from October 16 – 20 to drive Africa’s energy sector growth and make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030.
Following a successful 2022 edition, AEW 2023 – the official place where Africa’s entire hydrocarbon ecosystem will be discussed and optimized - will build on the discussions held, deals signed, partnerships formed, and relationships cemented in 2022 to maximize energy investments across the continent’s entire energy base whilst paving way for free markets and increased private sector participation in energy sector expansion.
By uniting African Presidents, Ministers, public and private sector representatives, energy companies and investors as well as global partners, AEW 2023 is the official meeting place for the continent’s energy market players to meet, inspire each other and continue to create an enabling environment to maximize energy investments for a secure energy future.
We will sign more deals this year.
Investments in fossil fuels including in oil and gas by developed countries including G20 members have increased by 16% to $693 billion in 2021, penetration in Africa has been and continues to be restrained by energy transition-related policies implemented by some of these countries, yet the continent is heavily suffering chronic energy shortages and high fuel prices.
In this regard, AEW 2023 will promote Africa as a global energy investment destination and address the consistent under-investment and difficult financial conditions across the African market.
AEW 2023 aims to ensure Africa reduces its over-reliance on external funding and energy imports while meeting its growing energy needs leveraging local resources.
AEW 2023 will make a strong case on the role Africa’s hydrocarbon resources play in boosting energy access and driving socioeconomic developments across the continent.
Through high-level panel discussions, networking forums, technical workshops, one-one meetings, projects, technology and partnership launches, and more, AEW 2023 will explore business, deals and policy necessities for Africa maximize the exploitation, development and monetization of its oil and gas resources for energy mix diversification, employment creation, industrialization and energy security.
“The Chamber is proud to host AEW 2023 in partnership with industry players and government representatives as part of our efforts to continue to fight for Africa’s energy independence and security.
With the number of people living in energy poverty in Africa continuing to increase, we believe Africa has and needs to exploit its entire energy base including oil, gas, hydropower and renewables to drift itself away from poverty and under development,” states NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.
AEW 2023 is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event.
AEW 2023 unites African energy stakeholders with investors and international partners to drive industry growth and development and promote Africa as the destination for energy investments.
Ousmane Ndiaye, Permanent Secretary of COS-PETROGAZ, has been named as one of the winners of the Mohammed S.
Barkindo Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 edition of the African Energy Awards held during the African Energy Week (AEW) (https:// www.AECWeek.com/) conference and exhibition: Africa's premier event for the oil and gas sector which took place from 18-21 October in Cape Town. Ndiaye's selection as the 2022 recipient of the Mohammed S.
Barkindo Lifetime Achievement Award by a panel of judges, including representatives from Rystad Energy, a leading global energy market research firm, and the Advisory Council of the African Chamber of Energy (AEC), is a testament to the executive's outstanding performance and commitment to maximizing the management, production, exploitation and monetization of Senegal's vast hydrocarbon resources to ensure energy security and drive socioeconomic development.
With more than 40 years of experience in the energy sector, Ndiaye has held a number of high-profile executive and commercial positions in which he drove significant progress, including the renewal of Senegal's oil and gas policies and fiscal terms, as well as local content development terms to ensure skills.
and the transfer of knowledge, so that the local population and businesses benefit as the country maximizes the exploitation of its energy resources.
He having served as General Director of the national oil company, PETROSEN, between 1989 and 2000; Minister Counselor for Energy of HE Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, from 2012 to 2016; and as Permanent Secretary at the head of COS-PETROGAZ since 2016, Ndiaye has worked tirelessly to improve Senegal's oil and gas regime.
As a result, the West African country has seen a surge in upstream investment, has become an exploration hub for large global companies and international independents, including bp, Africa Fortesa Corporation and Technip Energies, and has seen massive discoveries that they include Sangomar Field Development, Tortue Ahmeyim's Greater Find, Teranga and Yakaar and BirAllah prospects.
Ndiaye's work not only has a positive impact on the local energy market, but also shapes regional socio-economic development and a fair and just energy transition, while ensuring global energy security, as Senegal is expected to start its first gas production for export in 2023.
“With Senegal seeking to accelerate exploration activities and exploitation of its more than one billion barrels of oil and 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves, we believe that effective management of these resources and the modernization of existing fiscal policies and terms is essential and executives like Ousmane Ndiaye represent very important players who are well positioned to drive the expansion of the country's market.
As such, Ousmane Ndiaye represents one of the ideal stakeholders for the winner of the Mohammed S.
Barkindo Lifetime Achievement Award during AEW 2022,” said NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Chamber of Energy.
The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Petroleum Council (WPC), Canada, the Canadian WPC Association, in which both parties will cooperate to maximize sustainability .
development, exploitation and monetization of oil and gas resources to ensure energy security and economic growth in Africa and Canada.
The MoU, signed by Denis Painchaud, President and CEO of WPC Canada, and NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of AEC, on behalf of the two non-governmental organizations during the 2022 edition of the African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition , Africa's largest gathering for energy policymakers, business and investors, held from October 18-21 in Cape Town, allows the two sides to collaborate on information dissemination as well as development and implementation of best practices for energy stakeholders to optimize hydrocarbon market developments.
Under the terms of the MoU, AEC and WPC Canada will support and promote each other's conferences, exhibitions and forums, including AEW 2023 and World Petroleum Congress 2023, among their members and through various platforms, such as websites, networking channels social and other discussions.
The two will identify potential delegates, exhibitors and partners for their various forums and conferences with the aim of uniting industry stakeholders for the development of innovative solutions, policies and business cases to address critical market challenges, including the lack of adequate investments, the global energy transition.
related policies, the growing gap in infrastructure deployment, and continued declines in exploration and production activities that continue to disrupt the expansion of the industry.
Additionally, the MoU will see both the ACS and WPC Canada collaborate on papers and webinars to promote their respective conferences, as well as any other areas of collaboration the parties agree upon.
Both Canada and Africa seek to maximize the development and exploitation of Africa's vast untapped hydrocarbon reserves, including Africa's estimated 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil and 620 trillion cubic feet of gas, to drive socio-economic development, gross domestic product and global energy security.
and industrialization, partnerships such as the MoU between AEC and WPC Canada will be crucial in helping the industry seize and maximize market opportunities.
As Canada's leading network of energy players with more than 60 representatives from the private, public and academic sectors in the North American country's oil and gas market, WPC Canada, through its partnership with AEC, will usher in a new era of investment in energy, technology, business, ethical and government solutions and standards that will drive Africa's oil and gas development to the next level.
“The Chamber is pleased to be part of this partnership with WPC Canada.
We believe that our collaboration will unlock a new era of engagement and investment by Canadian oil and gas companies to drive activities across Africa's oil and gas value chain.
As Canadian companies such as Africa Energy Corp, Africa Oil Corp and ReconAfrica accelerate their presence in the African energy sector, driving long-term sustainable developments in key basins, we are confident that this new partnership will help bring about more positive change as we target .
make energy poverty history by 2030,” says Ayuk. WPC Canada's vast experience in modern low-carbon technologies, including carbon capture, storage and utilization, as well as deepwater project safety, energy security, enhanced oil and gas recovery, youth and gender inclusion and biofuels will be essential to improving Africa's landscape.
oil and gas sector.
Energy major, bp, has been named the winner of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Leader of the Year Award at the 2022 edition of the African Energy Awards held during the African Energy Week (AEW) (https://AECWeek .com/) conference and exhibition: Africa's premier event for the energy sector which took place from 18 to 21 October 2022 in Cape Town. Shortlisted by a panel of judges that includes representatives from energy market intelligence firm Rystad Energy and the African Energy Chamber (AEC) Advisory Council, bp's selection as ESG Leader of the Year is based on bp's continued commitment to the company to protect and promote both the environment and the local communities where the company operates, while ensuring fair and safe energy operations.
At a time when climate change continues to have unprecedented impacts on African economies and livelihoods, and the African continent is experiencing rapid growth in energy demand as the population expands and industrialization accelerates, bp continues to play an important role in expanding energy security and access through its renewed climate-friendly approach to resource maximization and monetization.
To remain competitive and help Africa achieve its development goals, bp has prioritized both environmental sustainability and optimal development and exploitation of the region's 620 trillion cubic foot gas reserves by leading a series of liquefied natural gas (LNG) throughout the continent.
Through its large-scale LNG investments, such as BirAllah in Mauritania; Yakaar-Teranga in Senegal; and the development of Greater Tortue Ahmeyim off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania, bp continues to drive sustainable development in Africa thanks to LNG.
The largest has not only demonstrated its ESG commitments in Africa through accelerating clean energy projects such as LNG, in the renewable energy industry, the largest has emerged as one of Africa's leading market drivers through a series of investment and project development associations in Angola, Senegal, Mozambique, South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.
Focused on diversifying its energy portfolio through the expansion of renewable energies, bp has committed itself to the energy transition, as well as its environmental footprint.
Meanwhile, despite the number of energy projects currently underway by the big energy company, bp has also prioritized local content and skills development, investing heavily in the empowerment of women and youth, as well as in various corporate and social projects, thus ensuring that the communities in which the company operates benefit from energy developments.
As such, the major has become a leader in the corporate social responsibility space.
The company's achievements across the ESG spectrum have not only positioned bp at the forefront of Africa's energy future - a future in which environmental and social protection form the backbone of energy expansion and development - but also have set a benchmark for other operators throughout the oil industry.
and gas landscape in Africa.
Therefore, the energy company has been selected as the ESG leader of the year at the largest energy conference on the African continent.
“bp's selection as ESG Leader of the Year is a testament to the company's continued commitment to Africa's energy and economic future.
By placing ESG at the heart of all its operations, bp has become a pioneer in the African oil and gas sector, demonstrating the role and value that ESG policy placement has and continues to play in energy developments both in Africa as worldwide.
In the age of climate change and energy poverty, ESG will play an increasingly important role and companies like bp will set an example for other operators in the oil and gas sector,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of the African Chamber of Commerce.
Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo and President of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for 2022, was one of the five recipients of the Mohammad S.
Barkindo Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 edition of the African Energy Awards.
, which took place during the African Energy Week (AEW) (https://www.AECWeek.com/) from October 18 to 21 in Cape Town. The Mohammad S.
Barkindo Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the companies, organizations, projects and individuals that shape the success of Africa's energy market and the selection of Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua by a panel of judges, including representatives from Rystad Energy, a leading global energy market research company.
and the African Energy Chamber (AEC) Advisory Council, as one of the 2022 winners, is a strong testament to the Minister's dedication and exceptional achievements in driving the growth of Congo's energy market, ensuring global energy security and economic expansion throughout the African continent in support of optimal development and exploitation of oil and gas resources.
As Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo, HE Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua has pushed for the maximization of the industry through the enactment of a series of political reforms and upstream, midstream and downstream expansion campaigns, such as the Gas Master Plan , as well as local content.
and capacity development programs aimed at promoting the entire hydrocarbon sector of the Central African country for the growth of gross domestic product and energy security.
As a result, the Congo is poised to be one of the next countries to join the list of African liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers through massive LNG developments, such as the Litchendjili Gas Project, currently underway and in development.
transition of the country not only towards a clean region.
energy power but in a global gas center.
Prior to his current role as Minister of Hydrocarbons, Bruno Jean Richard Itou served as General Director of the National Petroleum Company of the Congo, Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo and Hydrocarbons, Mines, Energy and Hydraulics Advisor to President Denis Sassou Nguesso, where he led significant achievements in promoting the exploration, production and monetization of hydrocarbons in the Congo.
As President of OPEC, the Minister continues to demonstrate his commitment to ensuring global energy security, oil and gas market stability and that energy poverty is history across the African continent by 2030.
Under the leadership of Bruno Jean- Richard Itoua, the oil-producing countries and OPEC members have maximized in 2022 the resilience of the market in the face of industry challenges, including the energy transition, the war between Russia and Ukraine and the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
19 in the global economy.
The Minister is campaigning strongly for a pan-African energy transition and unity among African policymakers, energy companies, investors and market players to accelerate the development and adoption of local policies and solutions to address the local challenges if Africa wants to get ahead with 600 million inhabitants.
out of energy poverty while providing 900 million with access to clean cooking.
“The Chamber fully agrees with and supports the selection of Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua as one of the recipients of the Mohammed S.
Barkindo Lifetime Achievement Award at AEW 2022.
Due to his dedication, the Congolese oil and gas industry and Africa is what it is.
With the continent looking to maximize the exploitation of its vast hydrocarbon resources, leaders such as Bruno Jean-Richard Itous will be crucial in driving next-generation market expansion,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of AEC.
With the next COP27 scheduled to be held in Africa and under a different scenario from previous editions: oil, gas and nuclear energy have returned to the scene as crucial for global energy security and to ensure stable economic growth: a ministerial panel discussion during the African Energy Week (AEW) (www.AECWeek.com) 2022 emphasized the need for a unified message regarding the energy transition, one that will be carried from AEW in Cape Town to COP27 in Egypt.
Moderated by Mohamed Fouad, Founder and CEO, Egypt Oil & Gas, high-level speakers included HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea; HE Sophie Gladima, Minister of Oil and Energy, Senegal; HE Mahamane Sani Mahamadou, Minister, Niger Ministry of Petroleum; NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Chamber of Energy; and Bro. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister, Ministry of Energy Resources, Ghana.
To kick off the session, HE Tarek El-Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Egypt, made a keynote presentation, stating that “this year, COP27 represents an opportunity to articulate Africa's priorities to reduce emissions, access to adequate financing and address climate impacts.
We cannot deny that oil and gas represent an essential resource globally and will continue to be part of the energy mix in the long term.
Our goal is to provide these resources more responsibly.
I am optimistic about Egyptian and African efforts to collaborate on a just energy transition in Africa.” From then on, the panel discussion got off to an electric start, with speakers emphasizing the need to face COP27 with common positions on what the energy transition should look like for the continent in the near future in order to improve cooperation and investment.
intracontinental with the aim of eliminating energy poverty.
During the discussion, an idea was given of whether a just African energy transition can be compatible with a global energy transition and whether or not the continent will be able to speak with one voice at COP27.
“All oil and gas ministers in Africa finally speak with the same voice.
It will be very important if we have a united voice.
We have worked with the APPO and the AU and the parties that go to Egypt.
In Egypt, they will hear loud and clear our position on the energy transition and regarding energy security, those are our priorities”, affirmed HE Minister Lima, adding that “We should be talking about energy security.
Once we achieve this, then we should start talking about the energy transition."
Expanding on what HE Minister Lima shared, HE Minister Gladima affirmed that, “I think that during this week we have extensively discussed the future of Africa.
The main issue on which we all agree is financing.
Funding has been cut and although we have a gas-to-electricity strategy, funding continues to be cut.
This planet has given us natural resources and we have to exploit them.
But we need to exploit them responsibly and make sure we don't make the same mistakes that others have made in the past.
Let's use our oil and gas and have the opportunity to grow.
The energy ministers must go and convince the environment ministers.
We need to decide together and find a way that is for the good of Africa.” Meanwhile, panelists discussed what priorities need to be set for the continent and what a victory in Egypt would look like for Africa.
“I don't want to talk in terms of victory, but in terms of responsibility and rights.
I will be an irresponsible leader if I sell my country on the altar of energy transition without talking about the importance of energy security or energy access or without talking about energy affordability.
The energy ministers have been meeting, building and developing consensus.
We must not allow ourselves to be divided between environment and development”, said HE Minister Prempeh, adding that “we are going to the COP to tell everyone of our responsibility as leaders.
First, to the people who elected us and whom we have accepted to govern.
If we talk about the energy transition, we will talk about using what God has given us to use.
We will continue to exploit our reserves for the socioeconomic development of the country."
From then on, the conversation turned to the role and position of international oil companies (IOCs), with HE Minister Mahamadou stating: “When it comes to IOCs, in the same way that African countries and ministers have to remain united and speak with one voice, the COIs have to unite us to that single narrative that we share.
When it comes to Niger, we have three active IOCs, so we are working closely with them to ensure that the full potential of oil and gas is exploited,” adding that, “When it comes to the environment, in Niger, 80% of the population lives in rural areas.
They depend on biomass and have to do damage to the environment.
The way we proceed is that we give them access to a clean kitchen and we avoid harming the environment.” Finally, the need for a consolidated message was further emphasized, with Ayuk stating that, “Drill baby drill – that should be Africa's message to the world.
If you want to solve energy poverty, gas baby gas.
Europe wants to call gas green: it has always been green.
If it is green gas for Europe, why is it not for Africa?
We can do better by toning down the rhetoric that power producers are evil or bad people.
We need to go to COP27, supporting our energy producers.
We should not apologize for our energy sector.
That is the message we must carry.”
With National Oil Companies (NOCs) ramping up asset acquisitions as International Oil Companies (IOCs) divest from African oil and gas, an African Energy Week (AEW) 2022 panel discussion (https://www.
.AECWeek.com/) on 'A Return to African Hands: Pragmatic local content, Africa content and assets transfer' explored the readiness of NOCs to develop such assets.
Moderated by Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, General Manager, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, speakers included Yemi Adetunji, Downstream Group Executive Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Ltd; Robin Sutherland, President and CEO of Baobab Energy Africa; Ejike Egbuagu, CEO/Founder, Coin Invest Africa; Tony Paul, Advisor to the African Development Bank; Dr. James Edet, President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorers (NAPE); Jacinto Owono, Director - Local Content, Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea; and Ing. Fuad Mosa, General Supervisor of Local Content, Risk and Crisis Management, Ministry of Energy of Saudi Arabia.
As long-term concessions come to an end in some of Africa's most established hydrocarbon producers, and large companies begin to divest these assets, speakers explored whether or not African companies and technical staff are ready to capitalize on the opportunities still present in these assets, and the role local content plays in upskilling the workforce.
Kicking off the discussions, Sutherland stated that, “We can see big companies starting to talk about their energy transition, and now focusing on carbon emissions and leaving behind the expected fruit where local African companies can make a significant living.” .
This is a natural move and we are helping, starting as the operator in charge of getting the financing and then gradually helping him acquire the remaining skills he needed to take over the operation with us as a strong partner.” Expanding on this natural evolution, Dr. Edet stated that “a lot of experience is leaving the industry.
So who takes charge?
NAPE participates in all kinds of discussions about training and business, raising many young people.
We need to change the way we educate our students and youth.
Training and education are key.
According to Ing. Mosa, “The issue of local content and ensuring energy is key.
To secure energy sustainably, you need to think about local content.
You must first understand your value position.
Our leaders thought long term about leveraging our value position.
Based on this, we have established the right incentives to create demand.
Local content starts by creating demand.” Focusing on Nigeria, Adetunji emphasized that “the country's downstream sector is 100% Nigerian.
We have had the benefit of a long period of development.
Development has moved through the COIs and we have gained a lot of experience in this time.
Even when the big ones were in the country, Nigeria had 60% of these operations, so it was easy for us to take them on.
Now, with IOCs leaving the shallows to focus on deep offshore basins, the Nigerians are ready to take charge of this.” Meanwhile, Paul stated that he has “admired what Nigeria has done”, adding that “the level of projects allows you to invest in capacity.
First, you have the ability to oversee it: the regulator, and then you have the projects and capacity building.
Ghana has done something similar and is going ahead with setting up a regulator, but it has a small population with many projects.
The level of implementation is significantly based on the market base.
Regulatory frameworks provide clarity and consistency, but you need someone to oversee and enforce them.” Turning to Equatorial Guinea, Owono said: “When we started exploring, we didn't want to invent the wheel.
We sit down and plan the trip with people who have done it before.
In this way, we were able to implement our local content framework.
Now, we foster partnerships and create joint ventures with companies that have experience.
We feel that sooner or later we will take our destiny into our own hands.” With international oil companies moving forward with divestment strategies, prioritizing renewable projects over oil and gas, African NOCs and independents are rising to the challenge, with speakers providing insights on financing and the organization pushing local content in Africa.
According to Egbuagu, “We are facing the possibility of running out of funding, but we still need to develop.
So we need to think about how to channel African funds to African projects.
In order to scale and fulfill the interests that we have together, we need to recognize Africa as a bloc and be able to gather demand and then consider funding as a bloc.
We have coined the term 'African content' and we want African countries to embrace it.
We want to see Nigerian companies operating in Namibia, creating skills and transfer programs.
We created Moneda to be a bridge between banking and execution”.
During a panel discussion held at the African Energy Week (AEW) 2022 conference (https://AECWeek.com/), energy industry executives have insisted that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues do not imply the decarbonization and the use of renewable energies.
just energy, but it is essential for the sustainable development and exploitation of Africa's vast hydrocarbon resources to address energy security, socio-economic development goals and environmental sustainability.
Entitled; 'How ESG has become the driving force in the energy sector', the panel discussion was moderated by James Carter, Partner, DLA Piper, UK and included Jorian Hamster, Senior Associate, DLA Piper; Festus Kapembe, ESG Manager, ReconAfrica; Michiel Coenraads, Partner, DLA Piper UK; Julien Perez, VP Strategy and Policy, OGCI and Liesl Esau, HSE & EC Lead, bp Southern Africa, as speakers.
According to Hamster, “ESG is not just decarbonization, it's not just renewables.
By focusing only on decarbonization, we are missing the meaning, importance, and benefits of ESG to maximize energy developments, ensure energy security, and transfer the benefits associated with resource exploitation to local communities and economies.
Today, we are seeing global investors simply signing deals when they see renewables and backing down when it comes to hydrocarbons, yet even in massive renewables developments ESG is not being prioritized.” Speaking about how ESG is shaping energy market trends, Coenraads stated: “What we are seeing is a huge shift of capital from fossil fuels to renewables.
The focus on ESG projects is approximately $600 billion and on non-ESG projects at $400 billion.
Banks are moving away from carbon chain investments and many internationals have committed to net zero which means it's hard for the majors to fund infrastructure to get oil out of the ground because they need to decarbonize so they are now diversifying assets .
Shell, for example, has been told to cut emissions by 45% by 2030.” Commenting on the increasing exits of large companies in some of Africa's hydrocarbon-rich basins by prioritizing ESG goals set in home countries, Hamster added that "the risks don't mean you have to diversify, you have to work together with all stakeholders, including governments, and develop mechanisms to work around maximizing both ESG and energy developments.” Pérez added that with companies prioritizing ESG, there will be a continued increase in investments in renewable energy and in electrification.
, but if gas investments and new baseload power capacity additions stop, it will cause a major crisis in the energy system He said: “We should continue to invest in fossil fuels while also using new technologies like drones, analytics of data and satellites to track the environmental impacts of these projects.
We need to develop and employ Read innovative decarbonization mechanisms and strategies in our oil and gas projects.
Global gamers need to be guided on what ESG means.” The panel also explored what Africa, as a continent, needs to gain from the upcoming COP 27 summit in Egypt.
Hamster said: “There is something circular about these COP summits, especially around climate finance and commitments remain unfulfilled.
There must be practical solutions and implementation, not just promises.
The African voice on ESG, energy transition and environmental issues must be heard and included in global frameworks.” According to Kapembe, “In addition to maximizing commitment and budgets on environmental and social spending, African business and leaders must raise questions about what is affecting the African population at COP 27.
To the extent that we can explore the energies renewables, we must make use of the resources available in large quantities on the continent.
The African team needs to have a united African voice and commitments that can help us sustain developments that address environmental and socio-economic development goals.
Africa has a lot to contribute to address the global energy transition, but it needs to be heard.” Pérez added that “It seems that Europe and the West speak to each other and do not listen to the whole world.
If we don't solve ESG, climate change and energy poverty together, we are all going to lose.
In terms of ESG, Africa has much to gain from accelerating investments and developments in renewable energy, as well as the implementation of smart technologies.
For climate activists, the fossil fuel industry is not a threat and for the fossil fuel sector, ESG is not a challenge but a business opportunity.” Esau highlighted the need to implement campaigns aimed at increasing ESG awareness throughout the energy value chain by policymakers, energy producers, retailers, carriers and consumers.
While a number of large-scale developments have begun in Africa in recent years, much of the continent's hydrocarbon basins remain largely unexplored, with several major discoveries made in the last five years making clear the potential of these basins.
Despite the divestment of international oil companies in hydrocarbons, a group of African independents is driving frontier exploration, with a panel discussion during the African Energy Week (AEW) 2022 (https://www.AECWeek. com/) that explores the role these independents play as well as strategies for growth and risk mitigation in these uncharted watersheds.
Sponsored by Africa Oil Corporation and moderated by Justin Cochrane, Director: African Regional Research, S&P Global Commodity Insights, speakers included John Hamilton, CEO, Panoro; Jeremy Asher, CEO of Tower Resources; Keith Hill, President and CEO of Africa Oil Corp; Siraj Ahmed, CEO of Impact Oil & Gas; Kola Karim, CEO of Shoreline Energy; and Edson Dos Santos, CEO, Somoil, with a presentation by Maggy Shino, Petroleum Commissioner of the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy.
During her presentation, Shino emphasized the potential of the Namibian frontier market, stating that, “Despite all the wells that have been drilled, we have barely scratched the surface of the exploration agenda that we have as a nation.
There is still a great opportunity for us to discover more oil and gas resources.
Where we are now, is that we have unlocked a basin: the Orange Basin.
Namibia is very little explored and that is why we are here talking to you.
There is still a lot to come."
Following Shino's presentation, panelists discussed the most promising opportunities for E&P in Africa, emphasizing how onshore and marginal field opportunities have become very attractive.
“We don't need to neglect developments on land.
There are many opportunities in this area.
There are tremendous resources on land with [less costs]”, stated Alhomouz, adding that “sources of funds are limited and we are competing in a crowded field.
We all knock on the same door: Afreximbank and the African Finance Corporation.
The way forward is to find a way to work more together and share more resources.
We need to develop plans together.
If I coordinate my plans with others, we can save costs.” Similarly, Hill stated that “advantage barrels is something that people are looking at now.
We started our journey in Kenya in 2008 and we are still working to get the first oil, which is at least three years away.
Those opportunities are more difficult.
We're more focused offshore and that can get up and running quickly, specifically those near infrastructure.
We just don't have enough oil and we need to fill the decline.
The oil fields are old and worn and require a lot of maintenance and investment, so we will need more exploration and the big companies need to realize that.
So we need something that has a short cycle time.” The discussion turned to the challenges facing independents in the current market environment, with panelists offering solutions and strategies independents can adopt to ensure E&P activity does not decline in 2022 and beyond.
“When it comes to financing exploration, we have to take into account the limitations that the market imposes on us.
When you look at the scale of exploration and the looming supply gap, the amount of exploration that needs to be done, there is cause for concern about whether there will be enough equity capital.
Appraisal and development financing are different and have different risks.
The more it moves down, the more role there is for traders and the banks themselves.
It is interesting to see that African banks are showing more interest in the area,” Asher said.
Expanding on the notion of financing, Karim provided insight and stated that “We started as an independent company taking advantage of international oil company divestments in Nigeria.
We have lived through four cycles of high oil prices and low prices.
This has given us the balance of support to handle what is happening.
If you look at what people in the industry are doing, big global companies are selling assets, and this creates opportunities for independents with balance sheets to take over.
What is changing is that local finance houses today have astronomical limits.
In 2011, Standard Bank wrote a $850 million check to us."
According to Hamilton, the state of the financial game has changed, and companies are getting interested in oil and gas again.
“We bought assets a year and a half ago and we were the first company to raise money to do an acquisition and what we found is that half the people said no, they're not in oil and gas.
Stakeholders want to know if the company is looking at the energy transition, is well-managed, and is looking at ESG.
Now, we're finding that people who weren't interested are now coming back to the table, wanting to capitalize on prices and saying they see the role oil and gas play.
We're finding a lot more traction with the financial community in terms of interest in what we're doing."
“For good opportunities and high-quality opportunities, there will always be capital.
The question is what is the price of capital and how much is available.
For the right projects, capital is available and it's not always the places you'd think to go.
You have to be open to different ideas.
If you can get the support from the right players and have the right anchored support,” Ahmed said.
The Invest in Angola event held during the second day of the 2022 African Energy Week (AEW) conference (www.AECWeek.com) in Cape Town, sponsored by Sonangol and ANPG, featured high-level representatives from public sector energy institutions and private that showcased investment opportunities in the country's rapidly expanding energy industry.
Moderated by Verner Ayukegba, Executive Vice President of the African Energy Chamber (AEC), the panel discussion included Belarmino Chittargueleca, Executive Director, ANPG; Osvaldo A.
Inácio, Executive Administrator, Sonangol; Edson Rodrigues Dos Santos, executive director of Somoil; Miguel Baptista, Managing Director - Central, Eastern and Southern Africa · Schlumberger; Ian Clorke, COO Afentra and Billy Lacoble, General Director Chevron Angola, as speakers.
Commenting on investment opportunities across the country's energy spectrum and why investors should flock to Angola, Chittargueleca said: “We have mature and high-potential assets, a stable political environment and many experienced companies that are still there.
With our mature assets we can still create value both for the country and for investors.
We also have a lot of potential for new assets and for investors interested in renewable energy with the country increasing renewable energy deployment.” Inácio added that “Angola's business environment is open and stable.
A good testimony to this is Somoil, which is a relatively small company but is doing very well, and Chevron, which has managed to stay in the country for decades thanks to reliable partners, the country's expansion potential and favorable policies.” Commenting on why Angola remains a major focus for Chevron after 60 years of operations, Lacoble stated that “Angola still has resources to add, find and develop in a stable environment.
The availability of infrastructure allows resources to be brought to market quickly and easily.
The current fiscal terms have made doing business easier and more transparent, as the trading requirements to acquire and operate blocks are now straightforward.” Speaking about why Afentra is looking to expand its operations in Angola, Clorke said: “There is a lot to play with in the country.
Angola represents the African energy transition.
We see that the next step is oil to gas and then to renewable energy and Angola is the perfect environment for that.
Improved recovery rates, enhanced competition space and availability of reliable partners are some of the aspects driving the growth of the industry.
There are also partnership opportunities with big companies and as they diversify, more growth for us.” With inadequate activities and investments throughout the upstream sector challenging the growth of the industry as a whole, Chittargueleca stated that “The government has established new regulations and policies to make our country competitive and we are conducting a study on how to maintain competitiveness.
to increase exploration and investment partners.
At the regional level, we will be sharing information with our brothers on how to boost exploration.
We are ready to negotiate also with interested investors to maximize investments throughout the industry and make Angola the final destination for energy capital.
Previously, it took 18 months to close a deal, but now with the reforms enacted, it will take less than a year to sign new E&P deals.” The panel discussion also highlighted Angola's plans to accelerate exploration, drilling and the application of modern technologies to optimize upstream activities while prioritizing environmental and energy sustainability.
Commenting on the challenges affecting the country's energy sector, Inacio reiterated that "Angola's geology is excellent, there are investment and infrastructure challenges, but the ambition and the resources are there."