Africa’s Oil & Gas industry experts prepare for the 16th Africa Independents Forum in London

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Africa’s Oil and Gas industry experts are preparing for the leading event on the international Oil and Gas calendar, the 16th Africa Independents Forum, which will take place on 24th and 25th May in London.

The event brings together all stakeholders in Africa’s upstream oil and gas to review the state of the industry and exchange ideas on game-changing opportunities for the future.

Showcasing Africa’s premier projects and upstream operators, the forum provides plenty of scope for corporate independents, international oil, gas and energy companies and Government officials to network, present their projects, propose new ventures and firm up partnerships and investment deals.

The two-day programme is designed around the theme “Shaping the Continent’s Future in Upstream Oil & Gas.” In-depth presentations provide a framework for exploring solutions that move beyond survival tactics to establish best practices that better equip the industry to weather uncertainties and withstand shocks whilst maintaining optimum performance.

The forum will kick off with keynote speaker David Fassom, Director of Stellar Energy Advisors Ltd in London, delivering an overview of Africa’s Oil & Gas affairs.

Broken down into six sessions, the subjects explored during the two days will cover crucial aspects of the industry and current and future challenges such as exploration, development and production, oil and gas assets in emerging, undervalued Sub-Saharan Africa and untapped potential in Africa, E&P strategy and corporate investment, finance, risk and contracts.

During the two days, delegates will benefit from invaluable insights from senior-level international speakers involved in Africa’s upstream industry. These include James Phillips, President & CEO, Africa Energy Corp, Cape Town; Maggy Shino, Petroleum Commissioner, Ministry of Mines & Energy, Namibia; Carlos Zacarias, Chairman, Instituto Nacional de Petroleo, Moçambique; and Jim Baban, Managing Director, Heritage Oil, St. Helier, amongst others.

During Session Five, on Day 2, Anthony Gilby, CEO & Managing Director of Brisbane’s Tlou Energy, will present the company’s gas development projects. “We believe that Tlou is extremely well-positioned to progress with plans for the Lesedi gas-to-power project to achieve first power in 2019, after receiving a request for proposal from the Botswana government to deliver 100MW of power, plus having Independent Power Corporation signed as a development partner.”

An “Outlook for Independents across Sub-Saharan Africa” will be presented by Gail Anderson, Research Director at Wood Mackenzie, renowned resources sector consultancy.

Jasper Peijs, VP of Exploration Africa at BP, will address members of the PetroAfricanus Club – Africa’s oldest established network – at the 79th PetroAfricanus dinner, hosted by ITE at The Waldorf Hilton after the close of the first day of the forum.

Sandy Stash, Group VP for Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs at London’s Tullow Oil, is the guest speaker at the 8th Global Women Petroleum & Energy Club Luncheon, designed to connect women in oil, gas and energy. Also at the Waldorf, it is co-hosted by ITE and Frontier Communications.

The 16th Africa Independents Forum also offers exhibition and sponsorship opportunities for companies looking to promote their services to a senior level audience.