The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 May 2014
Africa’s oil and gas industry is making a huge impact on the global market. It is playing a significant part in helping to stem the economic recession that has seen global manufacturing production reduced to historical levels, as oil and raw materials prices soar.
Much of the success of the continent’s oil industry has been driven by the established oil exporting nations, such as Nigeria and pre-war Libya. But there are now new and emerging exporters that are entering the global oil market, with potential to become the new oil giants of the world.
Mozambique, Angola, and Ghana, are gearing up for the big league. But in the meantime, Africa will be celebrating and rewarding the best in the industry, with the staging of the 2nd Annual Africa Oil & Gas Awards on the 9th & 10th of October 2014.
This prestigious event will be held in the world class Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The awards ceremony is an initiative of Oliver Kinross, aimed at rewarding achievements made by African and International companies operating across Africa.
The Oliver Kinross Africa Oil & Gas Awards is the only awards ceremony of its kind to focus solely, on best practice and achievements made within Africa’s booming energy industry.
Oliver Kinross has built a very strong reputation in the last six years, establishing itself as a global name in oil & gas. It organises and delivers high level workshops, conferences and unique networking opportunities across the world.
The first edition of the Africa Oil & Gas Awards saw operating companies such as Tullow, OMV and Oando Plc, pick up awards for demonstrating continued excellence in HSE, Local Content and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
In 2013, there were eight awards for the solutions and services industry, and the winners included Halliburton, Maersk Drilling, GNPC-Technip and Drillmec.
The awards are judged by a prestigious panel consisting of oil & gas operators and government representatives.
Amongst those on the panel last year were Anadarko, Afren, Marathon oil, NOC Kenya as well as ministerial representatives from Namibia, South Africa and Ethiopia.
The judges for 2014 will be reviewing submissions and giving their individual verdict on 14 awards.
This year, there are 10 award categories for solutions and service providers, and 4 awards for oil & gas operators.
The exhibition will feature over 100 exhibitors, with an expected footfall of more than 4000 visitors.
As part of the exhibition, Oliver Kinross will be running ten complimentary workshops over the two days. Topics include; Contract Negotiation, Local Content, Project Financing, HSE and LNG Logistics.
Entry to the 2014 Africa Oil & Gas Expo is complimentary, which also gives access to all of the workshops on offer.
Running alongside the exhibition is the 5th Africa Oil & Gas Summit 2014.
This year’s event will feature over 50 top level speakers. Oliver Kinross holds this event biannually – once in London and once in South Africa.
VIP speakers at the event include, Mr. Immanuel Mulunga, Petroleum Commissioner within the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia; Mr. Muzi Mkhize, Director General from the Department of Energy for South Africa; and the Director of Hydrocarbons from the Ministry of Mines Mauritania, Mr. Ahmed Salem Tekrour.
Keynote speakers representing oil companies include; Simbi Wabote – the Global Local Content Manager for Shell; and Gilbert Yevi, Jubilee Asset Manager at Tullow Ghana.
Adriano Nuvunga – Program Director of CIP Mozambique (Photo) said that; “Mozambique is on the cusp of a natural gas boom and it is time for a reality check. Greater clarity is needed on all aspects of Mozambique LNG, from timelines and the scale of development costs through to gas sales agreements and prospects for associated mega-projects. The Africa Oil and Gas Summit will be an important step along this path.”
Speaking about Africa’s hydrocarbon potential, Gilbert Yevi of Tullow Ghana said; “Africa holds the largest untapped hydrocarbon potential in the World. With the right enabling socio-economic, political and business environment, these resources can propel the continent to great heights and get its people out of poverty. I am looking forward to discussing these developments at The Africa Oil and Gas Summit.”