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A strong delegation of industry leaders from Senegal have committed to the African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) first-ever African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, to be held in Cape Town from 9-12 November 2021

SenegalHE Aissatou Sophie Gladima is the minister of petroleum and energy in Senegal. (Image source: African Energy Chamber)

With official attendance confirmations made by HE Aissatou Sophie Gladima, minister of petroleum and energy, Senegal’s national oil company, Petrosen, and the strategic organisational committee COS-Petrogaz, AEW 2021 is expected to drive industry growth, built against a backdrop of regional cooperation and partnerships.

Commitment from one of Africa’s leading oil and gas nations not only demonstrates the value of AEW 2021 as an Africa-focused, Africa-held event, but reiterates how regional partnerships can accelerate energy sector growth and success across the entire continent. Senegal’s commitment to AEW 2021 is particularly valuable, as Africa’s energy transition and the role of natural gas comprise key areas of focus and predominant themes at the event.

Under the auspices of HE president Macky Sall, Senegal has emerged as a leader in the African energy transition. With the discovery of approximately 450 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2016, and associated large-scale gas developments making headway across the country – such as the US$4.8bn Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project led by BP and Kosmos Energy - Senegal is accelerating natural gas monetisation and development.  

Senegal has also emerged as a trend-setter regarding regional cooperation and collaboration. Through large-scale projects such as the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project, co-developed with Mauritania, and cross-border transmission agreements, Senegal unites regional players with the goal of expanding cross-border business and collaboration. Attendance and participation at AEW 2021 will only further establish and accelerate regional ties, enabling increased cooperation within the energy sector continent-wide.