Africa Oil Week announces new features for 2019

aow2018 day 04 0467Following consultation with two expert advisory boards, and countless interviews with the industry, this year organisers have crafted a programme that puts deal-making front and centre of the agenda for the 1500+ delegates

AOW, which will take place on 4-8 November 2019, will include the following dynamic features designed to foster business development:

Ministerial & VIP Programme

The Ministerial & VIP Programme, which is planned to host more than 20 governments, ministers and more than 150 CEOs, VPs and investors in 2019, aims to act as a catalyst for moving projects towards final investment decision. With a dedicated team on hand to facilitate introductions, delegates taking part in the programme will be fast-tracked to the best opportunities in the African upstream.

Kael O’Sullivan, director of investor and VIP relations, said, “A major aim of ours for the 2019 Summit is to ensure that capital is connected to the right opportunities. The Ministerial & VIP Programme is vital to these efforts and will bring together the top 150 decision-makers and influencers in the African upstream space for investment and deal-making. This core group, we believe, will play a major role in the future development of the sector and, by extension, the economic development of Africa.”

Prospect Forum

After a well-received launch in 2018, this year the Prospect Forum returns to AOW with three days of insights into the most exciting plays in Africa. The data revealed at the forum will help define where operators and geophysical companies will allocate their investments and attention over the coming years. Expect to hear from independents such as Steve Jenkins, chairman of Savannah Petroleum, Edward van Kersbergen, founder and chairman of Mazarine Energy and global geophysical players including TGS, PGS and ION.

Bidding Rounds

In order to match the success of last year’s Ghanaian, Congolese (ROC) and Sudanese licensing rounds, which resulted in the issue of multiple shallow-water licenses, it has been confirmed that other African nations will be offering licenses at this year’s conference.

Wells to Watch

The 26th Africa Oil Week will unveil the first-ever Wells to Watch insight series, which will give delegates access to brand-new proprietary information about the most promising prospects on the continent. Highlights include Scott Macmillan, managing director of Invictus Energy, presenting Zimbabwe’s SG 4571 and Alexander Mollinger, COO of Discover Exploration, presenting Comoros blocks 35, 36 and 37.

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