The East African Oil and Gas Summit and Exhibition (EAOGS) returns this year on 15-17 November, 2016 at the iconic Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Summit, the fourth of its kind, which has the official endorsement of the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum Kenya, has firmly established itself as the most prestigious oil and gas conference and exhibition in East Africa. According to the organizers, this year’s EAOGS will build on the success of the 2014 Summit which welcomed over 450 delegates from 380 regional and international companies and 30 different countries.
Alex Budden, VP External Relations, Africa Oil Corp., which will be this year’s gold sponsor says the annual summit has proven to be the most productive regional event bringing together key decision makers in government, industry, civil society and wider stakeholders who are able to discuss, and act on, the key opportunities and challenges faced by the industry and its host countries.
The Summit comes at a time when Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are making great strides in the exploration and management of oil and gas. In Kenya, Tullow and partners announced a further discovery in the South Lokichar Project, increasing the countries oil prospects to over 800 million barrels.
Uganda and Tanzania signed a crude export pipeline deal that will see Uganda export her crude through the Port of Tanga in Tanzania. Uganda will also build a refinery in Hoima to refine her oil. Tanzania recently announced it has Helium Gas estimated to be 54 billion cubic feet (BCf) and also estimated to be worth $3.5 billion. It already has over 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
All these project present investors with an opportunity to do business in the region. The Summit will attract oil companies, services providers, government regulatory bodies, industry experts among other stakeholders.
The confirmed speakers for the summit include Abdiazis Ali, Deputy Director, Puntland Petroleum & Mineral Agency; Rhoda Arupe, County Executive Member for Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Turkana County Government; Aregash Asfaw, Regional Programmes Manager, Skills for Oil and Gas Africa (SOGA) and Toks Azeez, Business Development Director, Baker Hughes.
Others are Tom Cargill, Senior Regional Strategy Advisor, Bechtel, Stanislas Drochon, Director, IHS, Africa Oil & Gas; Claudine Fry, Head of Analysis Africa, Control Risks; Keith Hill, CEO, Africa Oil Corp, Carole Kariuki, CEO, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Julia Akur Ajuoi Magot, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Petroleum, South Sudan and Martin Mbogo, Country Manager, Tullow Kenya.
Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy & Mineral Development, Uganda; Patrick Obath, Associate Director, Adam Smith International Africa; Hajatiana Rasolomanana, Technical Advisor to the Minister, Presidency's Department in charge of Mines and Petroleum, Madagascar; Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury, Kenya; Tadesse Tilahun, Chief Executive Officer, National Oil Ethiopia and Rob Willings, Director, Lime Rock Partners will all attend.
Service providers will be able to exhibit their products and services like it was last year. The organisers say more space has been created. “This is a really good conference for sharing information, there are a lot more companies and people than last year and I hope we will have the opportunity to attend next year.” Li Jiming, Vice Project Manager, China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau said after the previous summit.
‘’The content was very good and very relevant and at this formative stage. We’ve picked up a lot of information that can help us map a clear way forward. I’m very grateful to the organisers and I will definitely be back next year, … it’s an event everyone must attend if you are really interested in oil and gas’’ said James Mureu, Chairman, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce.