23-27 October, 2017

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa

Conference Program

  • Monday
    23rd Oct 2017
  • Tuesday
    24th Oct 2017
  • Wednesday
    25th Oct 2017
  • Thursday
    26th Oct 2017
  • Friday
    27th Oct 2017

Day 1

  • 07:30-09:00
    Africa Independents Forum: Registration & Networking Coffee
    09:00
  • 08:00-13:00
    DoE Workshop on Sharing Natural Gas Development Experiences: Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options
    13:00

    This workshop by the U.S. Department of Energy, in partnership with U.S. Energy Association (USEA) and the U.S. government-led Power Africa initiative, discusses natural gas development options and specifically liquefied natural gas (LNG) utilization opportunities for generating power and fueling industrial development.

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  • 09:00-09:30
    Africa Independents Forum: Chairman's Opening Remarks
    09:30
  • 09:30-10:45
    Africa Independents Forum: Leading Independents: The Strategic Way Forward
    10:45

    The first session opens with a presentation from Cairn Energy, looking at asset growth in today’s market. Other talks are from NewAge, Delonex Energy, and Oryx Petroleum, as well as insight from AMNI on deepwater exploration off Ghana.  

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  • 10:30-12:30
    Africa Local Content Forum: Shaping Local Content Policy
    12:30

    The first session includes presentations on the local content landscape in four countries – Nigeria, Egypt, Uganda and Liberia, as well as a Q&A hosted by the Ghana Oil & Gas Service Providers’ Association. There’s also a talk by Shell International E&P’s Commercial General Manager for Africa.

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  • 10:45-11:15
    Africa Independents Forum: Coffee & Networking
    11:15
  • 11:15-12:45
    Africa Independents Forum: Frontier Exploration: Sharp Shooting for Potential
    12:45

    Genel Energy start the session with a look at onshore Somaliland, while further presentations cover the exciting new frontiers of Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea and Niger. There’s also a keynote speech from GMP FirstEnergy and a Q&A on Senegal/Guinea-Bissau cooperation, plus insights from Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas' President & CEO.

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  • 12:30-13:45
    Africa Local Content Forum: Luncheon & Networking
    13:45
  • 12:45-14:00
    Luncheon & Networking
    14:00
  • 13:45-15:30
    Africa Local Content Forum: Case Studies: Local Content Implementation
    15:30

    The second session looks at case studies throughout the continent, including a talk from South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry. There are also presentations from WorleyParsons, SPIE, LADOL,Gulf Resevoir Modeling Technology, and the UAE’s Organisation and Operational Excellence for the Energy Industry

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  • 14:00-15:30
    Africa Independents Forum: Challenges, Opportunities & Risks
    15:30

    In this session, delegates can hear about exploration and production opportunities in Cameroon and Madagascar. Standard Bank and OneLNG will also provide speakers, while GMP FirstEnergy will speak on the place of Africa's independents in global oil & gas communities.
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  • 15:30-16:00
    Coffee & Networking
    16:00
  • 16:00-17:30
    Africa Independents Forum: Case Studies: Building an African E&P Portfolio
    17:30

    The Africa Independents Forum closes with a portfolio-focused session, with talks from San Leon Energy, United Hydrocarbon, Africa Energy Corp, AGM Ghana, and AziNam. The session is followed by an ice-breaker cocktail reception sponsored by ExxonMobil.

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  • 18:30-
    Africa Independents Forum: Ice-Breaker Cocktail Reception

Day 2

  • 07:30-09:00
    Registration & Networking Coffee Sponsored by Anadarko
    09:00
  • 09:00-09:30
    Chairman’s Opening Remarks
    09:30
  • 09:30-11:15
    Is There a Future for Deep-Water Exploration in Africa?
    11:15

    The highlight of the session is a debate featuring one of the energy world’s most controversial figures – Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. He will take part in a debate called 'Phasing Out Fossil Fuels: The Moral Case' against Charlotte Aubin, President of Greenwish Partners SAS, chaired by Didi Akinyelure, Nigerian Correspondent for the BBC, with an intro from Petrolin Group of Swaziland.
     
    The rest of the opening session of Africa Upstream focuses on one vital aspect of E&P – deepwater exploration. Delegates will hear from top Africa-focused executives at Woodside Petroleum, Tullow Oil and ExxonMobil, as well as well as Nigerian energy conglomerate Oando.

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  • 11:00-11:30
    Coffee & Networking Sponsored by Anadarko
    11:30
  • 11:45-13:00
    Ministerial Panel: Attracting Operators and Investment
    13:00

    One of the highlights of this year’s Africa Oil Week, the Ministerial Panel includes presentations from the oil and gas ministers of Angola, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo, and Namibia.

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  • 13:00-14:00
    Luncheon & Networking
    14:00
  • 14:00-15:30
    IOCs in Africa: Navigating the Future of Upstream
    15:30

    This third session is a continent-wide look at the future of upstream in Africa from the perspective of the majors. BP, Shell, Eni and Total will all contribute to this session.

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  • 14:00-17:30
    AAPG Africa Science Forum: The Future of Conventional Oil & Gas Exploration in Africa
    17:30

    With digital technology spearheading the new wave of exploration and discovery, Africa Oil Week is going all out to invest this year’s event with cutting edge content. Contributing to this is the AAPG Africa Science Seminar, comprising three half-day forums focusing on energising the growing world through knowledge and technology. Founded in 1917, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) fosters scientific research, advances the science of geology, promotes technology, and inspires high professional conduct, becoming a pillar of the worldwide scientific community.
     
    The first of these forums is themed “The Future of Conventional Oil and Gas Exploration in Africa” and takes place on Tuesday 24th October from 2 pm to 5.30 pm. It covers new frontiers being explored , challenges lying ahead to reduce costs and make ventures profitable, clastic and carbonate reservoirs in offshore and onshore environments, deep water exploration challenges and mitigation scenarios. 

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  • 15:30-16:00
  • 16:00-17:45
    Africa’s Future E&P Energy Trends
    17:45

    The final session of the day reveals what the future will bring for the upstream sector as a whole. Speakers from Noble Energy and Kosmos Energy open the session, with a further talk from Ophir Energy’s Africa Director. A look at the role of African deepwater in the global energy mix rounds off the day, delivered by Discover Exploration, plus upstream consultancy IHS Markit's MD will speak too.
     
    The first day of Africa Upstream ends with an official cocktail reception for all attendees, and the 80th PetroAfricanus Club Dinner – available exclusively as a separately bookable event.

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  • 18:00-
    Official Conference Cocktail Reception - Safari Park Exhibition Hall, CTICC, 1st Floor
  • 19:00-
    80th PetroAfricanus Dinner in Africa, Sponsored by Seplat

Day 3

  • 07:30-09:00
    Coffee & Networking
    09:00
  • 09:00-09:30
    Keynote Address: Daniel Silke
    09:30
  • 09:30-10:45
    Attracting Foreign Investment: Ensuring Fiscal & Regulatory Stability
    10:45

    After a keynote speech from the African Development Bank, this session will cover topics ranging from investment in Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, and Uganda to sub-Saharan petroleum legislation - including regulatory reforms in South Africa.

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  • 00:15-14:00
  • 10:00-10:30
    SW Libya: Petroleum Geology & New Hydrocarbon Potential
    10:30

    Hosted by Salah El-Ekhfifi, Junior Exploration Geologist at Libya's National Oil Corporation.

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  • 10:45-11:15
    Coffee & Networking
    11:15
  • 10:45-11:45
    Mali Promotion: Oil Exploration in Mali & Attracting Investors
    11:45

    Presenting its oil industry opportunities at Africa Oil Week is Mali, which was ranked one of the most dynamic countries in the region in terms of reforms by the World Bank's “Doing Business” report. Its Investment Promotion Agency, which won the AIM "Investment Award" for its incentive-strengthening reforms, is taking advantage of these achievements to enter into constructive dialogue with the business world. Mr. Hamed Ag Mohamed, Director-General of the Authority for the Promotion of Oil Research (AUREP) will be presenting Mali’s five oil-rich basins, divided into 28 blocks, of which 13 are still available, along with the investment framework in areas such as taxation and its Public-Private Partnership policy. This session is a must-attend for anyone looking to the country's promising oil landscape.

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  • 11:15-13:00
    Government Panel: Frontier & Emerging Opportunities
    13:00

    The Government Panel Discussion brings top-level state officials from six countries together in one room – Nigeria, The Gambia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Senegal, and the Seychelles. They will discuss and share the latest information on frontier and emerging opportunities available in East and West Africa and how the oil and gas world can get involved.

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  • 13:00-14:00
    Luncheon & Networking
    14:00
  • 13:00-14:00
    9th Global Women Petroleum & Energy Luncheon
    14:00
  • 14:00-15:30
    Managing Cost & Risks
    15:30

    This session puts the spotlight on the financial aspects of E&P in Africa. Speakers from Standard Chartered, Tenoil, Africa Finance Corporation, Petroleum Commission Ghana, and Argentil Capital Partners will discuss the outlook for investing and operating in Africa.

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  • 14:00-17:30
    AAPG Africa Science Forum: Reducing Risk in the Business of Africa Petroleum Exploration
    17:30

    “Reducing Risk in the Business of Africa Petroleum Exploration” is the second forum in the AAPG Africa Science Seminar. It will discuss the combination of skilled human resources, innovative thinking and new technologies continuing to be the key factor in finding and developing new sources of hydrocarbons in the most challenging environments, reservoir management in conventional, frontier and marginal field areas and new technologies to mitigate risk and enhance profitability.

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  • 15:30-17:30
    Côte d'Ivoire Roadshow: Licensing Rounds
    17:30

    The Côte d’Ivoire Roadshow, focusing on E&P and licensing round opportunities in the country’s promising oil and gas market, will take place on Wednesday 25th October from 3.30 to 5.30 pm. Hosted by the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Development of Renewable Energy, Mr Thierry Tanoh, this Roadshow is the occasion for potential investors to get first-hand information on the state of play in the country from the key people,  including  the Ministry Chief of Staff in Charge of Petroleum and senior managers from Petroci, Côte d’Ivoire’s national oil company.
     
    The Roadshow will feature an introduction to Côte d’Ivoire’s hydrocarbon and energy strategy 2020, the investment environment, petroleum code, legal and fiscal framework and licensing strategy, along with a geological overview, and the geology of the available blocks.

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  • 16:00-16:30
    Coffee & Networking
    16:30
  • 16:00-17:30
    African Investment Opportunities in a Global Context
    17:30

    Speakers include CNOOC Uganda, OMNIS, Oryx Petroleum, AUREP, and the IFC Upstream, discussing the opportunities Africa offers and how to unlock them. Additional speakers include senior officials from Madagascar and Mali – the latter speaking at a special Mali Promotion session.

  • 18:00-20:00
  • 20:00

Day 4

  • 14:00-17:30
    AAPG Africa Science Forum: North American Lessons for Unconventional Resource Plays in Africa
    17:30

    The third AAPG Africa Science Forum session, on the topic of “North American Lessons for Unconventional Resource Plays in Africa”, focuses on methodologies to extract and understand unconventional resources, the development of shale gas in Africa, the main motivators/retarders - gas market, finances, regulations or technology and infrastructure, shale gas, shale oil, oil shale, CBM, tight sand, basin centred gas, and gas hydrate and whether they are really game changers in a low cost environment.

  • 07:30-08:00
    Registration & Networking Coffee Sponsored by Rystad Energy
    08:00
  • 09:00-11:00
    5th Young Professionals in Africa: Interactive Presentations
    11:00

    Sahara Energy: Nigeria Starts with Me Campaign: Sustainable Development Goals
    Exploring African Frontier Basins
    Colorado School of Mines: Overview of Africa’s Oil & Gas Potential for Young Professionals

  • 09:00-09:30
  • 09:30-10:30
    Developing Gas Resources
    10:30

    This session focuses on gas in Africa, with speakers from Wentworth Resources, Sasol, Mitsui & Co, Aminex, and Mozambique’s Empresa de Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos de Moçambique.

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  • 10:45-11:15
    Coffee & Networking Co-Sponsored by Rystad Energy
    11:15
  • 11:15-13:00
    Africa’s Future Exploration Hot Spots
    13:00

    Where are the next areas of focus for African exploration? This session will cover it, with speakers from NAMCOR, Africa Oil Corporation, Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate, Octant Energy, and more.

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  • 13:00-14:00
    Luncheon & Networking
    14:00
  • 14:00-15:30
    Building Africa’s Gas Infrastructure: Gas-to-Power Development
    15:30

    The opportunities that G2P offers to meet energy challenges in Africa are enormous – and this session will give the latest updates on what is happening in the sector. Speakers include Victoria Oil & Gas, South African Oil & Gas Alliance, National Energy Regulator of South Africa, Africa Oil+Gas Report, Monetizing Gas Africa, and more.

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  • 15:30-16:00
    Coffee & Networking Co-Sponsored by Rystad Energy
    16:00
  • 16:00-17:30
    Upstream Development & Production: New Paradigms
    17:30

    The day closes with discussion of the new realities and business conditions for upstream in Africa. Speakers include ONGC India, Tullow Oil, Impact Oil & Gas, Regalis Petroleum, and the National Oil Corporation of Kenya.

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  • 18:30-
    Cocktail Reception on “The Long Grass” - Springbok Rugby Museum, V&A Waterfront – Open to Registered Attendees

Day 5: Future Friday

  • 08:00-09:00
    Registration & Networking Coffee
    09:00
  • 09:00-09:30
    Keynote Address
    09:30
  • 09:30-10:45
    How Technology Will Change E&P
    10:45

    ‘Future Friday’ is a whole day of sessions on the future landscape of exploration and production in Africa, and it starts with the ways in which technology will change E&P activity in Africa. Speakers from Lekoil, Spectrum Geo, CGG, Deloitte, and more will contribute.

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  • 10:45-11:15
    Coffee & Networking
    11:15
  • 11:15-12:40
    Africa’s Future Energy Mix
    12:40

    Future Friday finishes with a look at what the coming years will hold for Africa’s energy mix, future challenges and predictions, and much more, with five speakers, including Rystadt Energy, Petroleum Agency SA, Energy Aspects, and Kalahari GeoEnergy, examining all four corners of the continent.

  • 12:40-12:45
    Close of Conference with Closing Remarks: 24th Africa Oil Week / Africa Upstream, and 2018
    12:45
  • 14:00