ADVANCING INNOVATION and TECHNOLOGY IN THE ENERGY VALUE CHAIN
Innovation in the generation of ideas to solve customers’ problem. This could be extended to solve organizational and national problems for business and economic optimization. Innovation must be aligned with business and leadership agility to make sense for efficiency and speed in delivery. The integration of innovation and adequate technology is the mantra for success.
Therefore, for the growth needed in the Sub-Saharan Africa energy sector to be actualized the need to promote and inculcate the integration of innovation and application of technology in the energy value chain becomes critical.
This could become achievable by creating innovation and technology hubs, attracting and expanding their technological partnerships, encouraging domestic technologies, research and development and knowledge based organizations.
This conference seeks to present the pursuit of the region in achieving integration of innovation and technologies in its business processes within the energy value chain. What are the new ideas that will change the tide or ensure growth? What are the available technologies? What will be the influence digitalization, internet of all things – IoT, scientific artificial intelligence? Cost reduction and lean production mechanisms that will advance optimization and quality while ensuring health, safety and environmental standards.
THE FUTURE OF OIL & GAS, GEOPOLITICS and ENERGY TRANSITION
Amid the global energy transition, experts and industry players are of the opinion that oil and gas has great future in the development of the African economy. Therefore, Africa should be given the fossil space to catch up with the rest of the world and also bearing in mind that the region is a low carbon emitter zone.
However, the cautions in policy in driving the geopolitics and market dynamism towards stabilizing the market for growth, attracting investment and working along with the global mandate for carbon reduction is very instrumental.
The BIG questions are: What are nations and companies doing to balance the drive for production sustainability and carbon reduction? Are there new Policies? Technologies? What have you?
Analysis and Opinions will be presented on this crucial segment.
INVESTING IN MIDSTREAM & DOWNSTREAM AFRICA
How will the global trend of energy transition and calls to reduce or wipe off new investments in oil/gas impact the midterm and downstream sector? Are the new investment outlook for new projects, turn-around maintenance and other major asset integrity that should catch attention on the areas of pipeline, refineries and tanks?
Are there new opportunities or the tendencies to raise capital within and outside the shores of the region? How about the clarion call for Africa to initiate an investment bank solely for the development of the oil/gas sector? How feasible? How soon?
WHERE GOES THE GAS?
Natural gas has globally increased in Asia and Europe. The need for LNG has also astronomically skyrocketed in the market. Amid the quest for clean energy and netzero carbon reduction, natural gas has become more economically relevant than before. With the increase in demand in Europe for natural gas and LNG, the factors of geopolitics cascading the market, the readiness of Sub-Saharan Africa producers to expand their markets, increase investment in the E & P sector and create resourceful gas economy has become much needed.
What are the new gas projects coming up? What are the existing gas and LNG projects that are attracting attention and market expansion? What technologies are been applied to ensure increase and ease of production? Are the new investments in the sector for development and what is the appetite or potential of attracting investments? How far has the promotion of domestic utilization of gas and the domestic gas market been enhanced? What about the issues of creating sustainability, community harmony and security? These are important parameters to be presented and discussed in this conference?
Africa has great potential as the investors’ paradise. It is yet underexplored and has very promising and high yielding opportunities. From the existing prolific horses such as Nigeria, Angola, Senegal, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon to upcoming frontiers such as Mozambique, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea - Conakry, Guinea Bissua lay immense fields and opportunities that have not been touched.
From the big assets to marginal acreages both virgin and producing are opportunities for technical and commercial partnerships from the domestic and international angles.
Many of the Sub-Saharan African nations have launched new licensing rounds and also aspiring to re-launch and showcase new opportunities.
The opportunities does not only present in E & P, they are abound in gas monetization projects, cutting edge technologies, pipeline, security, midstream and downstream sectors.
As attendees gather in this conference they want to gain insight in the available opportunities, companies and nations are willing to show the opportunities.
Therefore, this conference becomes a great forum to gain insight, share knowledge on the available business and investment opportunities in the region and network.
CREATING SUSTAINABILTY and CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Creating sustainability and corporate social responsibility is good business. It is a win-win situation for companies and the communities is important for they operate. Community harmony and security are important for smooth operation, growth and also helping to improve the livelihood of the communities socially and economically.
What are companies doing to ensure sustainability, promote manageable corporate social responsibility? What are the sustainable green projects, community involvements? Local Content acceleration in human capital and project actualizations?
PANEL SESSION 1: - DAY 1
ADVANCING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE ENERGY VALUE CHAIN FOR BUSINESS OPTIMIZATION
PANEL SESSION DAY 2: WOMEN IN ENERGY FORUM
TOPIC: ENHANCING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY TO ACCELERATE QUALITY, AGILITY & GROWTH IN THE ENERGY SECTOR: OUR PERSPECTIVE